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: $6.61 (2/24/2017)
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

The San Francisco Mint struck over 2.3 million Barber Half dollars in 1898. The majority of these were placed directly into circulation, which means this issue is quite difficult to find in mint state. This coin only becomes rarer in gem.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/28/2016

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1898 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 55.00 120 185 460 500 625 750 975 1175 1750 2500 4050 6350 9900 13000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 2750 - - 11000 21000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 144
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/24/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 577 $5,750.00
1/30/2011 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3004, 3004/Lot# 1992 $253.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3869 $1,955.00
3/24/2013 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 744, 753/Lot# 911 $1,175.00
9/7/2014 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 191322 $450.00
10/10/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15283 $364.25
8/13/2015 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 10114 $7,637.50
11/8/2015 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131546/Lot# 25113 $89.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1898 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5912322038158610511124111012061333165818212233267134274347538764178360107071228715381
801552744497411075112411421248144117121958237929233734469457307065914211234133180
00000011241142124814411712195823792923373446945730706591421123400
00000011241174129115501767209625253175404050406074771299251176000
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