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: $6.20 (5/25/2015)
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: 11/12/2013

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1894 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 35.00 95.00 160 300 430 500 540 585 815 960 1550 2700 9250 15000 34500 - - -
$ 340 475 540 600 650 880 1050 1700 3500 11500 17500 40000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 218
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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11/3/2005 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2005 November Dallas, TX Signature Auction #388, 388/Lot# 2640 $1,276.50
2/6/2011 NGC F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211023/Lot# 24247 $89.00
10/13/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8589 $345.00
5/20/2012 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3279, 3279/Lot# 1863 $21.00
2/7/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3539 $1,997.50
2/22/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1457 $2,820.00
8/18/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 181 $55.00
10/12/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 173746 $410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1894 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base591061433515278208911036113811931252142715211668216128604992608983838379970212313
751182124106258449391070115612131310145815701832239435715358685483838820105720
000000939107011561213131014581570183223943571535868548383882000
000000988110411751232136914901619199726274281572376188383926100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1521
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: VF 25
Points: 527
Owner: ddr70
 
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