Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,389,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.41 (9/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1893 O 50C MS obverse 1893 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Gems of the 1893-O half dollar are very scarce, but coins grading as high as MS-64 are often available. Many of these may have the weakness so common to New Orleans coins, and this is most evident at the tail feathers and the claw grasping arrows. Circulated examples are quite scarce in grades F through XF, though AU pieces are not hard to find. A lot of these have been mishandled over that years and may fail to achieve numeric grades.

The standout variety for this issue is a misplaced date (MPD). The top of a numerical 3 is embedded within the denticles below numerals 93 of the date. This type of variety is seldom seen on Barber Halves.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1893 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 95.00 175 310 400 465 525 560 635 675 900 1100 1300 1550 8500 14750 - - - -
$ 425 - - - - - - - 1400 2500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 238
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1893 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base131616131048431316-1022493161----235
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Total131616131048431316-1022493161----235
 6%7%7%6%4%2%3%2%1%6%7%-4%9%21%13%3%0%---- 
1893 O 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-2------3
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---------------1------1
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Total-------------1-3------4
 -------------25%-75%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1893 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5914726545072510051051110311381193127113811450175321612614484170148949114141307016304
881863275428181020106811151156121913081404155118892312335655657659977111966141480
00000010681115115612191308140415511889231233565565765997711196600
000000108611261175124513441427165220252463409962908304105921251800
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Grade: VF 20
Points: 725
Owner: The Wilson Collection
 
Grade: VG 8
Points: 265
Owner: Liberty1776
 
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