Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,538,000
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 (2/28/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1899 50C MS obverse 1899 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1899 Philadelphia Mint half dollar enjoyed the highest production of this coin type, and well worn examples appear in nearly all hoards of circulated Barber Halves. Not surprisingly it is fairly plentiful across all circulated grades, though many of the XF and AU examples have been marred by improper cleaning. Mint State survivors are collectible through MS-65, and a handful of superior pieces have been certified, as well. Prooflike coins are known but quite rarely seen. This issue is generally well struck and lustrous, with many a piece finding its way into someone's type set.

Other than slight variations in date position relative to the denticles, there are no varieties for 1899(P).

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2020

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1899 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 18.00 27.00 67.00 130 230 375 385 440 475 550 575 735 945 1125 3000 5350 21500 - - -
$ - - - - 515 - - 800 1000 1350 3750 9850 - -
1899 50C MS PL
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 448
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/25/2020 1899 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base5232727471023131626562274334421581---445
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--------------221-----5
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Total5232727471023131626562274336441681---450
 1%5%6%6%10%2%5%3%4%6%12%0%6%10%8%10%4%2%0%--- 
1899 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--2-----3
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Total-------------1--2-----3
 -------------33%--67%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1899 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5967102194409663705949101310811193121913031421179921433386401681066788792410182
627913326649467778697010361118120212471342154719142557359653798106716786770
00000078697010361118120212471342154719142557359653798106716700
00000086899210581156121012751382167320282972380667438106754500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1193
Owner: JeffRM
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1193
Owner: pulver set
 
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