Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950,000
Catalog: KM-116
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.04 (9/26/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 9/17/2015

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1896 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 38.00 100.00 180 320 435 485 535 600 700 775 900 1375 2500 4900 13500 30000 - - -
$ - - 515 575 660 - - 990 1650 2800 6000 15850 33000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 135
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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8/7/2000 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1343, 1343/Lot# 1427 $348.80
8/6/2001 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2001 Atlanta, GA Signature Sale #267, 267/Lot# 6244 $1,437.50
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
11/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 9312 $411.25
9/25/2013 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3910 $881.25
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
4/14/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20298 $293.75
11/2/2014 PCGS F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10192 $140.00


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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