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: $6.19 (2/28/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 50C MS obverse 1896 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Any entry in this series having a mintage of fewer than a million pieces will attract collect interest, yet the 1896 Philadelphia Mint half dollar is not really scarce. While gem MS coins are quite elusive, all other grades are fairly well represented. This issue typically comes well struck and with nice luster.

No varieties are known for 1896(P), but this date is noteworthy for a small change to the obverse master hub. This is most noticeable at Liberty's ear. Previously almost hollow, it henceforth reveals a central rib of cartilage projecting upward. Careful examination also reveals that the leaves are more pointed than previously.

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Last Updated: 2/25/2020

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1896 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 70.00 130 230 310 420 475 550 650 775 815 1000 1200 1950 3425 13500 28500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1400 2400 - 19000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 160
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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/25/2020 1896 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base5118121572327163516201683----159
------------------2---2
---------------1------1
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Total51181215723271635162017832---162
 3%7%5%7%9%4%1%2%1%4%10%2%3%10%12%10%5%2%1%--- 
1896 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
 ---------------100%------ 

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