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: $6.06 (5/29/2015)
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: 12/1/2014

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1896 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 125 190 375 475 1050 1300 1400 1600 2200 2550 2800 3700 6100 10750 19000 57500 - - -
$ 1150 1450 1550 1750 2400 2800 3100 4100 7800 11750 21500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 169
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 66


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2/14/2008 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 658 $5,462.50
12/11/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 308, 314/Lot# 8135 $4,161.85
8/11/2011 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 4076 $1,955.00
5/21/2012 NGC G 6   Teletrade Auction 3280, 3280/Lot# 1603 $80.00
4/15/2013 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 3426, 3426/Lot# 1616 $75.00
5/26/2013 NGC Details AG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/26/2013, 76/Lot# 96657 $40.00
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98548 $11,750.00
10/30/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4283 $2,820.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base594375979491103175318431969204821972585267127812910332441725743674910074111891282216011
1854907141000132017831885199520982326261427082824304836074696607878571044611733138850
000000188519952098232626142708282430483607469660787857104461173300
000000192720222147245626422744286731863889521964148966108171227800
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Grade: AU 50
Points: 1969
Owner: JeffRM
 
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