Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,494,000
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: $6.16 (3/28/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1905 S 50C MS obverse 1905 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

David Lawrence in his Complete Guide noted that this date is 'very tough in grades of AU55 through Mint State' and continuing 'A sleeper in Mint State and underrated.' Advanced collectors know to ignore the mintage in this case (2,494,000 pieces), and go by the Census Report to get a true idea of what is out there in various grades. It is unlikely that more than a few Gem Mint State coins remain tucked away in collections, if any at all, which have not yet been certified.

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1905 S 50C MS
Base $ 22.00 33.00 70.00 165 340 340 410 470 510 600 725 875 1225 2150 3750 8400 12750 25650 - - -
$ 375 450 525 560 660 800 950 1350 2375 4000 9700 14750 29000 -

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Total Graded: 121
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
9/15/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 438 $11,212.50
4/16/2008 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 1250 $977.50
7/14/2010 PCGS VG 10   Teletrade Auction 2889, 2889/Lot# 1540 $74.75
12/2/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131250/Lot# 28226 $69.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 67   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13206 $20,562.50
3/24/2013 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 744, 753/Lot# 915 $650.00
6/2/2013 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/02/2013, 77/Lot# 118923 $31.10
8/31/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 202407 $100.00
1/29/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1217/Lot# 7468 $470.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1905 S 50C MS
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Grade: VF 20
Points: 539
Owner: ddr70
Grade: VF 20
Points: 539
Owner: WFH71
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