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: $6.77 (9/16/2014)
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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Last Updated: 7/30/2014

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 264
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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6/11/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 149, 154/Lot# 87 $368.00
12/18/2011 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3191, 3191/Lot# 1710 $190.00
1/9/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1181/Lot# 10626 $440.63
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2226 $1,057.50
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 752 $460.00
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4775 $998.75
6/29/2014 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 191327 $116.00


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