Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,724,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.77 (2/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1899 O 50C MS obverse 1899 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1899 New Orleans Mint half dollar is a fairly typical entry of the period. Most extant pieces are quite heavily worn, as coins of this type circulated into the early 1950s. Examples in the most widely sought grades of F through AU are actually more scarce than MS coins, but they are not rare. Gem MS pieces are very elusive, but coins grading MS-61 through -64 are generally available. A precious few prooflike (PL) are known and are highly prized. Most 1899-O halves are a bit weakly struck where the deepest cavities of the dies oppose one another, but the severity of weakness is less than for most O-Mint halves.

The only varieties are slight differences in date and mintmark placement, as these features will still punched by hand into each working die.

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Last Updated: 7/10/2019

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1899 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 26.00 52.00 110 200 375 500 550 625 700 850 980 1180 1800 3700 7000 12000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4850 - 24000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 162
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
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 1899 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base9172011154663671107141247----159
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Total9172011154663671107141247----159
 6%11%13%7%9%3%4%4%2%4%4%1%6%4%9%8%3%4%---- 
1899 O 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------111-------3
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Total------------111-------3
 ------------33%33%33%------- 

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