Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,358,550
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: $6.03 (3/1/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1898 S 50C MS obverse 1898 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

In Premium Gem grade, the 1898-S is exceedingly rare. In the Price catalog, David Akers suggested that no more than 12 to 15 Gems exist, but the number is probably less than that.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/1/2014

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1898 S 50C MS
Base $ 30.00 55.00 105 185 440 440 480 550 650 950 1125 1650 2350 3950 6700 11100 14500 - - - -
$ 490 540 610 725 1050 1250 1800 2550 4750 7500 12500 31500 - -

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Total Graded: 123
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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2/24/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 577 $5,750.00
1/12/2005 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 4219 $14,375.00
7/3/2006 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2227, 2227/Lot# 1489 $41.00
1/24/2012 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8687 $345.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3870 $1,955.00
9/29/2013 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 771, 780/Lot# 117 $1,000.00
12/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 159731 $6,030.00
1/5/2014 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131402/Lot# 22901 $152.75
1/7/2015 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10409 $705.00

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