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: $6.19 (3/27/2015)
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.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/29/2014

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1895 50C MS
Base $ 27.00 33.00 85.00 175 275 275 410 450 500 575 650 700 775 1150 1900 3950 7000 24500 - - -
$ 310 450 500 550 640 715 760 850 1275 2100 4400 12650 27500 -

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Total Graded: 191
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
3/21/1998 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1998 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #184, 184/Lot# 5972 $632.50
12/11/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 308, 314/Lot# 8130 $1,313.30
1/7/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 2931 $2,990.00
9/6/2009 PCGS VF 35   Goldberg September 6-8, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 54/Lot# 2729 $178.25
1/9/2011 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211013/Lot# 24171 $109.25
11/7/2012 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3378, 3378/Lot# 1525 $140.00
2/22/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1459 $3,055.00
7/6/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 199045 $32.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1895 50C MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1239
Owner: JeffRM
Grade: AU Details
Points: 503
Owner: VadimD
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