Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,834,338
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: $7.36 (8/1/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1895 50C MS obverse 1895 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Although nearly 2 million of these coins were minted, the date is a condition rarity in Gem or finer grades. Most contemporary collectors selected proof examples, a tradition that continued into the 1980s when collectors began to notice the true rarity of Mint State examples. David Akers explains in the Price catalog: 'Most great Barber Half Dollar collections of the past (cf. Norweb, Emery-Nichols, Eliasberg) contained Proofs, not business strikes, of the P Mint issues in the series since the Proofs were always considered 'better' and thus more desirable than the Uncirculated pieces to old-time collectors.'

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/29/2014

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1895 50C MS
Base $ 27.00 33.00 85.00 175 275 275 410 450 500 575 650 700 775 1150 1900 3950 7000 24500 - - -
$ 310 450 500 550 640 715 760 850 1275 2100 4400 12650 27500 -
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Total Graded: 185
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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9/17/2003 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 7129 $2,530.00
6/7/2004 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2004 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #350, 350/Lot# 487 $356.50
8/3/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 398, 404/Lot# 673 $517.50
9/6/2009 PCGS VF 35   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2729 $178.25
11/14/2010 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2959, 2959/Lot# 1610 $184.00
10/13/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8590 $345.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1459 $3,055.00
7/6/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 199045 $32.00

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