Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,029,028
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.72 (2/21/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1892 S 50C MS obverse 1892 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

As the first year of a new coin type, the 1892-S survives in grades XF, AU and MS in higher numbers that would have been the case for a later series entry. Very few of the MS coins, however, are gems. With few coin collectors in the western states, most examples were saved by a curious public not well equipped to preserve them in pristine condition. As is true of several S-Mint coins from the 1890s, a few prooflike (PL) examples are known and are highly prized. Worn coins tend to be in terminal condition, and problem-free specimens in the middle circulated grades are very elusive.

The single variety known for this issue is a repunched mintmark, the initial impression being slightly west of the final one. The only evidence of this is a duplicate upper serif seen within that of the final S.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/10/2020

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1892 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 295 365 575 625 825 950 1000 1100 1150 1280 1430 1600 2100 3100 5750 8225 24200 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1780 2350 3300 6500 15000 40000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 379
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1892 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base9178481212410461424-1124178852---378
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Total9178481212410461424-1124179852---379
 24%21%13%3%3%1%3%1%2%4%6%-3%6%4%2%2%1%1%--- 
1892 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------1-----1
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Total----------------1-----1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1892 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59369596610661271143814881531163417531865192819892197261430093922583675436902805110335
6277859991134132714551502156516741790188619482058233627463313456064057543728588120
0000001502156516741790188619482058233627463313456064057543728500
0000001517160017131828190719692128247528773618519869747543766800
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