Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,992,000
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: $5.68 (10/5/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1904 50C MS obverse 1904 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Like nearly all other Philadelphia Mint Barber half dollars, the 1904 is a great condition rarity. The original mintage was nearly 3 million coins, yet few have survived in Gem grades. David Akers wrote in the Price catalog: 'This issue is one of the most underrated in the entire series, but its rarity is recognized and appreciated by relatively few. All mint state grades considered, it is perhaps slightly less rare than the 1903, but it is every bit as rare as the 1903 in Gem condition.'

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/17/2015

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1904 50C MS
Base $ 17.00 21.00 45.00 110 225 380 430 475 535 640 750 1125 1500 5000 9000 - - - -
$ - - 450 500 565 700 825 1225 1650 5750 15275 58750 -

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Total Graded: 196
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
4/16/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 1243 $1,265.00
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# 298 $299.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1775 $4,312.50
2/10/2013 NGC MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/10/2013, 61/Lot# 100120 $1,083.50
3/25/2013 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 3423, 3423/Lot# 1672 $39.00
9/25/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8406 $558.13
6/4/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1206/Lot# 3999 $3,290.00
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10604 $6,000.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1904 50C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3862
Owner: *00001AAA Coins
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1450
Owner: pulver set
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