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: $6.71 (2/21/2020)
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

Though 1896-S half dollar is indeed elusive across all grades, it is less so than 1896-O. It appears that association with the very rare 1896-S quarter dollar has enhanced both the desirability and value of this issue. Mint State coins typically are quite attractive and often prooflike to some degree.

Other than slight deviations in mintmark positioning there are no varieties for 1896-S halves.

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Last Updated: 9/3/2019

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1896 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 130 180 340 520 1000 1290 1400 1880 2100 2300 2350 2700 3650 5175 8100 16000 60000 - - -
$ 1100 - - - 2150 - - - - 6200 9200 19750 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 221
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1896 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base515628161432-136-1681545----219
----------1-----------1
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Total515628161432-137-1681545----220
 23%25%13%7%6%1%1%-0%1%3%-0%3%4%7%2%2%---- 
1896 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------11-------2
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Total-------------11-------2
 -------------50%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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