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: $5.78 (10/7/2015)
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: 9/17/2015

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1899 50C MS
Base $ 17.00 25.00 48.00 115 220 375 415 460 540 625 725 1100 1525 3850 5600 26500 - - -
$ - - 440 510 - - 800 1200 1650 4400 6650 - -

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Total Graded: 363
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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10/24/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #59, 64/Lot# 698 $546.25
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
2/26/2012 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3231, 3231/Lot# 1655 $110.00
12/1/2013 PCGS VG 10   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 151804 $40.00
3/9/2014 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131411/Lot# 20167 $135.13
3/21/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1198/Lot# 10385 $1,645.00
9/5/2014 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3498, 6052/Lot# 20210 $99.88
4/19/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131517/Lot# 27300 $399.50

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1899 50C MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1193
Owner: JeffRM
Grade: AU 58
Points: 802
Owner: Jamie in AZ
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