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: $7.13 (4/17/2014)
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.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1895 50C MS
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Base $ 27.00 33.00 85.00 175 275 275 410 450 500 575 650 700 775 1150 1900 3950 7600 24500 - - -
$ 310 450 500 550 640 715 760 850 1275 2100 4400 12650 27500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 181
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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7/28/2004 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1915, 1915/Lot# 1306 $2,035.00
12/5/2005 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #65, 70/Lot# 722 $17,825.00
1/3/2006 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 2807 $1,173.00
9/6/2009 PCGS VF 35   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2729 $178.25
10/13/2010 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2942, 2942/Lot# 1413 $53.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1459 $3,055.00
7/11/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 8092 $282.00


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