Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,358,550
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.73 (12/3/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1898 S 50C MS obverse 1898 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though this entry is not especially common in Mint State grades, those that exist tend to be quite attractive---boldly struck and lustrous. The survival rate of XF and AU coins is much higher than normal, as much of this issue was distributed in The Philippines after American takeover in 1899. Withdrawn when a unique series of coins was created for the islands in 1903, these lightly worn pieces were held by locals for their silver value and repatriated to the United States after World War II. Most, however, have been cleaned and thus do not appear within the Census Report. Ironically, worn coins in grades F and VF are thus more scarce than XF and AU examples.

Varieties are limited to mintmark positions, but there is little interest in collecting Barber Halves by die pairs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2020

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1898 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 90.00 120 350 460 500 625 875 1100 1175 1750 2500 3150 5000 8000 10750 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2750 - - 9500 19500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 169
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
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: 12/1/2020 1898 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base101421112310925724-763674----169
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Total101421112310925724-763674----169
 6%8%12%7%14%6%5%1%3%4%14%-4%4%2%4%4%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1898 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5912322038158610511124111012061333165818212233267134274347538764178360107071228715381
8015527444974110751124114212481441171219582379292337344694573070659142112341331816150
00000011241142124814411712195823792923373446945730706591421123400
00000011241174129115501767209625253175404050406074771299251176000
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 1206
Owner: The Wilson Collection
 
Grade: F 15
Points: 381
Owner: mikefromct
 
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