Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 874,000
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: $6.23 (10/23/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1898 O 50C MS obverse 1898 O 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Among branch mint Barber half dollars from the 1890s, the 1896-O, 1896-S, 1897-O, and 1897-S have historically received all of the attention. As a result, the 1898-O was and still is an underrated issue.

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Last Updated: 7/30/2014

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 114
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67


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5/27/2007 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1173 $3,105.00
2/2/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 330, 336/Lot# 873 $7,245.00
3/30/2009 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 2673, 2673/Lot# 1455 $3,105.00
6/1/2011 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 8305 $632.50
1/3/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(10), 1166/Lot# 11261 $747.50
1/3/2012 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(10), 1166/Lot# 11260 $632.50
7/12/2012 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8633 $546.25
7/20/2014 NGC VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/20/2014, 197/Lot# 208268 $298.20


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