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: $5.53 (10/3/2015)
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: 9/17/2015

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1894 S 50C MS
Base $ 26.00 35.00 95.00 160 300 430 500 540 585 815 960 1550 2700 9250 15000 34500 - - -
$ - - 520 560 650 - 1050 1700 3500 11500 17500 40000 -

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Total Graded: 227
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
7/20/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 6544 $3,910.00
11/10/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2958, 2958/Lot# 1384 $172.50
12/9/2012 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 87789 $33.00
8/18/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 181 $55.00
7/11/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6154 $596.90
9/19/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3500, 6054/Lot# 22205 $176.25
5/31/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Prooflike Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23532 $210.33

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1894 S 50C MS
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1521
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
Grade: VF 25
Points: 527
Owner: ddr70
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