Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,560,322
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.47 (4/7/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1900 S 50C MS obverse 1900 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite a generous mintage the 1900-S half dollar is scarce in problem-free Mint State grades. Gems are genuinely rare, though all MS coins seem to be well struck with good luster. David Lawrence noted that same example display parallel striations from the strip rolling process, and this can happen when the rollers or draw bench are worn.

Circulated 1900-S halves are an interesting mix of rarities. Coins grading VG and lower are quite common, as it true for almost every entry in this series. The mid grades of F and VF are the toughest to locate, also a common trait of most Barber Halves. A few collectors were prescient enough to set aside newly minted examples at the time of issue, but all the remaining coins typically staid in circulation until the coin board craze of the mid-late 1930s. By that time, however, few Barber coins graded higher than VG, leaving a gap between these extremes. For most issues the XF and AU grades would likewise be scarce, but the 1900-S half dollar was one of three S-Mint pieces shipped to The Philippines as a transitional coinage between the old Spanish Imperial issues and the new USA-Philippines coinage of 1903-45. Though 1900-S halves grading XF and AU are thus plentiful, most must be Details graded for environmental damage or the harsh cleaning performed in an effort to salvage such pieces.

One coin had been authenticated as a proof by the late researcher Walter Breen, but the current state of this coin is uncertain.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2020

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1900 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 32.00 67.00 175 270 370 455 555 825 965 1125 1400 2000 3750 8750 12000 32500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 139
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: 4/7/2020 1900 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3971120694111414-149852----137
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Total3971120694111414-149952----138
 2%7%5%8%14%4%7%3%8%10%10%-1%3%7%7%4%1%---- 
1900 S 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------2-----2
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Total----------------2-----2
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1900 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5976119255423695745958104411931333139315051865278136204876620982008633998512651
6590164311514712816987109412401353143016252170306140395320687383449084108740
00000081698710941240135314301625217030614039532068738344908400
000000887101511431286137314681745247633404457576575368489953400
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Grade: AU Details
Points: 479
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: VF 35
Points: 423
Owner: raskelley
 
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