Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,826,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.76 (2/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1893 50C MS obverse 1893 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1893 Philadelphia Mint half dollar enjoyed the first substantial mintage of the series, yet it is scarcer across all grades than its older brother of the previous year. Lacking the novelty of a new type, fewer were saved. Mint State coins are fairly available through MS-64 but become elusive above this level. Typical of Barber Halves from this decade worn coins tend be extremely so, with few survivors in the most popular collector grades of F through XF.

A couple of tripled-die reverse varieties are known, and these may have been leftover from 1892, a year in which the Philadelphia Mint's engravers seem to have difficulty producing reverse die that did not require multiple impression. The demand from collectors for these varieties is rather limited.

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Last Updated: 8/31/2019

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1893 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 50.00 95.00 175 260 350 385 490 575 650 725 940 1150 1550 2300 4100 23000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1200 1980 3600 8500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 304
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
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 1893 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base58111237107721544244038271051---303
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--------------12------3
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Total58111237107721544244039291051---306
 2%3%0%4%8%2%3%2%2%7%18%1%8%13%13%9%3%2%0%--- 
1893 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--------1
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Total-------------1--------1
 -------------100%-------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1893 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59106151320527754802949102811031179125213451477184325553601421770147072824110564
7512120738960377085197510531128120312831389159920802904380651497033746290150
00000085197510531128120312831389159920802904380651497033746200
000000900100210781154122813141433172123183252401260827053785100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1345
Owner: pulver set
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1179
Owner: JeffRM
 
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