Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 3,946,000
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: $7.48 (7/29/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1907 O 50C MS obverse 1907 O 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While the Denver Mint began coinage in 1906 and increased production in 1907 and 1908, the New Orleans Mint was slowing down, with its final coinage just two years later in 1909. With the exception of the 1906-O eagle and the 1909-O half eagle, Barber coins were the only pieces minted in New Orleans during its final four years. Its big production years were 1907 and 1908, with about $8 million in coinage. In 1909 the total was just over $1 million, including $171,000 in half eagles. Coinage momentum was clearly leaning toward Denver, while efforts in New Orleans were geared more toward lowering expenses and closing the facility. The typical weak strikes during its closing years suggest that workmen in New Orleans were attempting to increase die life while reducing production costs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 259
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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8/9/2014 MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1208/Lot# 4513
8/9/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7811


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2144 $253.00
8/7/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2010 Boston Rarities Sale, 34/Lot# 583 $862.50
10/6/2010 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2938, 2938/Lot# 1439 $368.00
1/29/2012 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2511 $805.00
2/17/2013 PCGS AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 739, 748/Lot# 193 $600.00
5/19/2013 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/19/2013, 75/Lot# 115757 $18.25
6/5/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 8248 $352.50
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 3995 $2,350.00


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