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: $5.83 (12/22/2014)
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: 117
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67


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2/10/2008 NGC XF 45   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2203 $437.00
2/14/2008 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 663 $6,900.00
2/2/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 330, 336/Lot# 873 $7,245.00
9/28/2011 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 3146, 3146/Lot# 1429 $70.00
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 4409 $2,820.00
3/23/2014 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180514 $247.50
8/17/2014 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131434/Lot# 27733 $141.00
10/8/2014 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7981 $544.03
10/30/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4287 $3,066.75


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