Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,140,948
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: $6.97 (9/28/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 9/17/2015

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1896 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 125 190 375 475 1050 1300 1400 1600 2200 2350 2550 2800 3700 6100 10750 19000 57500 - - -
$ - - - 1750 - - - 3100 4100 7800 11750 21500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 186
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 66


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3/28/2001 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1421, 1421/Lot# 1337 $1,188.00
5/26/2013 NGC Details AG Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 05/26/2013, 76/Lot# 96657 $40.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2219 $4,700.00
9/22/2013 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 770, 779/Lot# 751 $5,650.00
12/29/2013 PCGS VF 20   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 160738 $297.00
1/8/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 9094 $952.93
2/8/2015 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131507/Lot# 25257 $211.50
5/12/2015 PCGS MS 66   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98519 $23,500.00


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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