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: $5.28 (8/5/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1898 S 50C MS obverse 1898 S 50C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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 55.00 105 185 440 480 550 650 950 1650 2350 3950 6700 11100 14500 - - - -
$ 490 540 610 725 1050 1800 2550 4750 7500 12500 31500 - -

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Total Graded: 133
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
11/21/1997 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1997 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #179, 179/Lot# 294 $5,775.00
7/2/2001 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 1454, 1454/Lot# 1415 $4,280.00
2/24/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 577 $5,750.00
7/7/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 8426 $345.00
8/11/2011 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7206 $9,775.00
1/24/2012 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 8687 $345.00
2/2/2012 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3696 $1,782.50
3/24/2013 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 744, 753/Lot# 911 $1,175.00
9/7/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 191322 $450.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1898 S 50C MS
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