Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,538,000
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 (12/21/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1899 50C MS obverse 1899 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While the 1899 Philadelphia Mint Barber half dollar is more plentiful than the 1896 and 1898 issues, it is a condition rarity in Gem or finer grades. Although 5.5 million were coined in 1899, a lack of interest in business strike Philadelphia Mint issues until recent years created this high-grade rarity. Only in the 1980s did collectors realize how rare some of these issues are. Prior to that time, most collectors sought out proof coins that were considered more desirable.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/1/2014

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1899 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 342
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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9/19/2005 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #54, 59/Lot# 565 $4,094.00
2/4/2009 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2009 February Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1122, 1122/Lot# 1380 $3,220.00
11/24/2010 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2966, 2966/Lot# 1338 $184.00
5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 294 $310.50
8/11/2011 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10401 $276.00
12/15/2013 NGC AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 154382 $352.00
2/3/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1202/Lot# 7832 $646.25
6/29/2014 PCGS F 15   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 180257 $70.00
8/15/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3495, 6049/Lot# 20089 $111.63


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