Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.05 (6/23/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 50C MS obverse 1896 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck 950,000 Barber half dollars in 1896. Most collectors of the time bought proof issues directly from the mint and ignored circulation issue coins. Due to this, the 1896 Barber half is one of the scarcest of the Philadelphia issues in mint state.



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Last Updated: 12/28/2016

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1896 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 40.00 100.00 180 330 440 500 550 625 725 825 1000 1250 1950 4550 15000 33750 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 138
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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9/26/2005 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #55, 60/Lot# 784 $333.50
10/20/2007 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2437, 2437/Lot# 1320 $38.00
9/4/2011 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1317 $1,380.00
4/22/2012 NGC Details G Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/22/2012, 19/Lot# 39314 $19.00
11/1/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7842 $593.38
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32121 $183.30
1/17/2016 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131604/Lot# 27745 $376.00
12/4/2016 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131650/Lot# 23696 $493.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5910615536657585690810441117118612711393147716092029275439225836796089851037713117
751222254366698739531068114012141312142115211749227131434560654483029449112900
000000953106811401214131214211521174922713143456065448302944900
000000999109311631243135214491565188925123533519872528643991300
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3922
Owner: Srotag
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 1044
Owner: JeffRM
 
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