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: $5.94 (4/28/2015)
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: 12/1/2014

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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 31500 - - -
$ 240 425 450 510 590 685 800 1200 1650 4400 6650 34500 -

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Total Graded: 349
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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10/24/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #59, 64/Lot# 698 $546.25
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1472 $1,207.50
8/17/2008 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 2572, 2572/Lot# 1713 $134.40
12/8/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 8496 $546.25
4/22/2012 NGC Details F Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 39312 $25.00
2/7/2013 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7973 $499.38
6/3/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4061 $646.25

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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