Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 4,048,690
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.20 (5/23/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1894 S 50C MS obverse 1894 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In 1894, the San Francisco Mint struck over 4 million Barber half dollars. However, judging by the quality of the coins available today, it is likely that most of those went directly into circulation. In fact, this date is one of the rarest of the entire series in gem.

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Last Updated: 12/28/2016

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1894 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 42.00 90.00 185 290 400 465 490 565 690 735 965 1450 2375 8850 13500 34500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 233
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/7/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 6731 $6,210.00
7/20/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 6544 $3,910.00
5/16/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #39, 43/Lot# 588 $626.75
3/28/2010 NGC VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2830, 2830/Lot# 2711 $23.00
10/13/2011 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8588 $149.50
2/22/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1457 $2,820.00
9/4/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 4165 $1,292.50
10/12/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 173746 $410.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1894 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base591061433515278208911036113811931252142715211668216128604992608983838379970212313
751182124106258449391070115612131310145815701832239435715358685483838820105720
000000939107011561213131014581570183223943571535868548383882000
000000988110411751232136914901619199726274281572376188383926100
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1521
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: VF 25
Points: 527
Owner: ddr70
 
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