Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,744,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.17 (3/7/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1900 O 50C MS obverse 1900 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1900 New Orleans Mint half dollar is quite elusive in all grades Fine and higher. The population of Mint State coins is limited, and nearly all are poorly struck in a range from moderate to severe. This affects the hair above Liberty's forehead and the entire right side of the eagle from the area adjacent to the shield down to the arrow feathers. In addition, this issue sometimes displays "mumps," a sinking of the central area of the obverse dies which resulted in a raised patch on the coins. The New Orleans Mint was notorious for not properly annealing (softenting) its planchets, and this produce weakly struck coins staring in the mid 1880s and getting progressively worse into the 20th Century.

There are no varieties other than the natural movement of dates and mintmarks from one die to the next.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2020

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1900 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 75.00 75.00 185 390 490 615 775 860 1025 1325 1900 3600 6200 11000 31500 50000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 4250 - 15000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 148
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
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: 3/2/2021 1900 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base320171526515-385--1071121----148
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Total320171526515-385--1071131----149
 2%13%11%10%17%3%10%-2%5%3%--7%5%7%2%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1900 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59941432725759331028117313091488155816832033239432814333620986449165116721335516639
7111018637369496510761218136915111600180021532690363249587021881810001122331445017471
000000107612181369151116001800215326903632495870218818100011223300
000000112512641428153516411916227429853982558478328991108361279400
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Grade: VF 35
Points: 575
Owner: The Wilson Collection
 
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