Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,560,322
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: $5.87 (10/31/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1900 S 50C MS obverse 1900 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This popular, high visibility date is another year that is represented by branch mint issues that are decidedly rare in Mint State. Even though more than 2.5 million half dollars were struck in the San Francisco mint in 1900, very few Uncirculated coins are known, especially in the better grades of Mint State. The primary reason for this issue's scarcity is because a substantial percentage of the mintage was shipped to the Philippines and circulated there. This fact is little known outside the circle of Barber specialists, and as a result the 1900-S has remained a very scarce and underrated issue in the series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1900 S 50C MS
Base $ 19.00 29.00 65.00 120 235 235 380 435 540 650 700 800 1175 2550 4450 8750 15750 32500 - - -
$ 260 420 475 590 700 760 880 1275 2800 4800 9750 18000 57500 -
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Total Graded: 116
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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5/25/2002 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22103, 22103/Lot# 15397 $172.50
7/19/2009 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2720, 2720/Lot# 1761 $172.50
7/29/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/29/2012, 33/Lot# 66280 $313.50
11/29/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 9329 $2,820.00
1/9/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1181/Lot# 10606 $79.00
4/28/2013 PCGS MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 749, 758/Lot# 796 $1,750.00
8/8/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7905 $411.25
3/20/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 20 The Collection of Donald E. Bently - Bently Foundation US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(1), 1205/Lot# 30058 $1,527.50
6/16/2014 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20401 $162.15

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