Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,140,948
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 (5/24/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 S 50C MS obverse 1896 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint struck over 1.1 million Barber half dollars in 1896. However, the majority of those went directly into circulation. Few were saved at the time by collectors, which makes this date extremely scarce in any uncirculated grade. In fact, only just over 40 coins have been graded by NGC in any uncirculated grade. (9/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/28/2016

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1896 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 125 200 325 520 1000 1275 1375 1750 2050 2250 2350 2700 3650 5750 8900 17750 60000 - - -
$ - - - - 2150 - - - - 6500 9750 19750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 190
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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8/11/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 4077 $2,300.00
1/3/2012 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(10), 1166/Lot# 11255 $431.25
5/28/2012 NGC G 4   Teletrade Auction 3284, 3284/Lot# 1611 $90.00
1/6/2013 PCGS G 6   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/06/2013, 56/Lot# 88206 $115.50
9/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 770, 779/Lot# 751 $5,650.00
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32123 $176.25
11/5/2015 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 20066 $11,162.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base594375979491103175318431969204821972585267127812910332441725743674910074111891282216011
1854907141000132017831885199520982326261427082824304836074696607878571044611733138850
000000188519952098232626142708282430483607469660787857104461173300
000000192720222147245626422744286731863889521964148966108171227800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5743
Owner: Srotag
 
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