Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,048,690
Catalog: KM-116
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.12 (4/24/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1894 S 50C MS obverse 1894 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1894-S Barber half dollar is one of the most elusive dates in the entire series in MS65 or finer grades. In the Price catalog, David Akers wrote:

'Despite its considerably higher mintage, the 1894-S is much more rare in Gem condition than the 1894-O, and is actually one of the rarest dates (in Gem) in the entire Barber Half Dollar series. I consider it to be one of the series' most underrated issues since it has never been widely publicized or even recognized as a rarity yet it bears favorable comparison to almost any other issue in the series.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1894 S 50C MS
Base $ 26.00 35.00 95.00 160 300 300 430 500 540 585 730 815 960 1550 2700 9250 15000 34500 - - -
$ 340 475 540 600 650 785 880 1050 1700 3500 11500 17500 40000 -
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Total Graded: 209
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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8/13/1999 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1999 ANA Signature Sale #208, 208/Lot# 7085 $1,955.00
2/27/2003 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2003 February Long Beach Signature Sale #314, 314/Lot# 7873 $402.50
12/12/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 December Dallas Signature Auction #398, 398/Lot# 852 $3,450.00
10/11/2010 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 522, 529/Lot# 390 $1,380.00
10/13/2010 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2942, 2942/Lot# 1412 $58.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 2043 $776.25
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7204 $8,625.00
3/18/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 39957 $24.50

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