Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,538,000
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: $7.12 (7/26/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1899 50C MS obverse 1899 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While the 1899 Philadelphia Mint Barber half dollar is more plentiful than the 1896 and 1898 issues, it is a condition rarity in Gem or finer grades. Although 5.5 million were coined in 1899, a lack of interest in business strike Philadelphia Mint issues until recent years created this high-grade rarity. Only in the 1980s did collectors realize how rare some of these issues are. Prior to that time, most collectors sought out proof coins that were considered more desirable.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/17/2015

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1899 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 17.00 25.00 48.00 115 220 375 415 460 540 560 625 725 1100 1525 3850 5600 26500 - - -
$ - - 440 510 - - - 800 1200 1650 4400 6650 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 382
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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1/25/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2412 $603.75
12/12/2007 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 2462, 2462/Lot# 1324 $84.00
5/28/2008 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 8705 $488.75
5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 294 $310.50
11/29/2012 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3707 $881.25
12/9/2012 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131251/Lot# 22154 $84.00
7/7/2013 PCGS MS 92   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 759, 768/Lot# 205 $330.00
12/29/2013 PCGS AU 55   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/29/2013, 170/Lot# 161253 $353.10
8/15/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3495, 6049/Lot# 20089 $111.63


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: XF 45
Points: 705
Owner: Scott mathison
 
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