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: $8.23 (11/29/2020)
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: 2/26/2020

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1899 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 27.00 42.00 100.00 185 375 500 550 625 700 850 980 1150 1700 3700 6250 12000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4850 - 20000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 168
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: 11/24/2020 1899 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base9182014155663681107141247----165
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Total9182014155663681107141247----165
 5%11%12%8%9%3%4%4%2%4%5%1%6%4%8%7%2%4%---- 
1899 O 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------111-------3
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Total------------111-------3
 ------------33%33%33%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1899 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base591111553515638479081066113812191321145015891730219734274694600782008406973212349
7612622042265886796110901165125313641496163618862607384951326738826988481060412966
000000961109011651253136414961636188626073849513267388269884800
0000001013111411921287140715431683204130174272556974698337929000
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Grade: VG 10
Points: 155
Owner: Liberty1776
 
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