Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,268,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.11 (4/1/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1901 50C MS obverse 1901 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue had one of the higher mintages for the Barber series, and 1901(P) halves are plentiful across all grades short of gem (MS-65 and higher). The typical specimen is lustrous and well struck.

A new obverse hub debuted with this entry. The rim was narrowed a bit, exposing more of the denticles. The most distinction, however, was to Liberty's ear. Last modified in 1896 with tweaking of the central cartilage, this was made even more prominent, and Liberty's ear lobe was enlarged slightly.

There are no varieties for 1901 Philadelphia Mint halves.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/26/2020

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1901 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 19.00 28.00 64.00 135 240 375 400 430 520 550 635 700 950 1200 3225 7500 21200 - - -
$ - - - - 550 - - - 1100 1700 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 385
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
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: 3/31/2020 1901 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base3111621367141316316721940383993----385
----------------1-----1
---------------1------1
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Total31116213671413163167219403840103----387
 1%3%4%5%9%2%4%3%4%8%17%1%5%10%10%10%3%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1901 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59678518339567472594196610441179125813331421177621243564481777047447866111069
62731182544886917979499921089120512831362153918922604398257797704785294640
0000007979499921089120512831362153918922604398257797704785200
00000086995810181134123213081392165820083084439967427704825600
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1421
Owner: pulver set
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1179
Owner: JeffRM
 
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