Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,140,948
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: $6.24 (10/25/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1896 S 50C MS obverse 1896 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While not as rare as the famous quarter of this date and mint, the 1896-S half dollar is certainly scarce in any Gem grade. This is abundantly true in grades of MS66 or higher.

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Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1896 S 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 125 190 375 475 1050 1050 1300 1400 1600 2200 2350 2550 2800 3750 5900 10750 19000 50000 - - -
$ 1150 1450 1550 1750 2400 2550 2800 3100 4100 6500 11750 21500 60000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 159
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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10/3/2001 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2001 October Long Beach Signature Sale #271, 271/Lot# 7830 $1,265.00
1/5/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1151/Lot# 11080 $2,070.00
12/18/2011 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3191, 3191/Lot# 1697 $625.00
10/17/2012 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24707 $95.18
12/23/2012 PCGS VG 10   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 731, 740/Lot# 141 $210.00
10/20/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 144255 $605.84
6/4/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1206/Lot# 3986 $1,703.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base33347162299411141225151316801900203323152614279738825743674987621118933
33159521746103411511321156817531944212724142675315845026078742095711118930
00000011511321156817531944212724142675315845026078742095711118900
000000118814171624182619882221251427363520512264138091103801118900
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 1225
Owner: JeffRM
 
Grade: G 6
Points: 3
Owner: WFH71
 
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