Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 847,044
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.51 (2/21/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1901 S 50C MS obverse 1901 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint only struck 847,044 Barber half dollars in 1901. There was still great demand for coinage in the West, so much of this mintage went directly into circulation, meaning few were saved in high grade. This has made the 1901-S Barber halves one of the absolute keys to the series, especially in high grade.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/28/2016

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1901 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 90.00 225 525 1200 1575 1725 1975 2250 2500 3200 3950 8500 10000 13900 24450 42500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 17000 - 67500 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/30/2010 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2881, 2881/Lot# 1548 $63.25
5/29/2011 NGC VF 25   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 295 $288.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3710 $2,610.85
1/20/2013 NGC VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 96645 $63.55
6/5/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1186/Lot# 3530 $1,410.00
4/27/2014 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 801, 810/Lot# 2349 $60.00
2/8/2015 PCGS VG 8   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131507/Lot# 25871 $74.00
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32145 $528.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1901 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59163320705106617761865204822332368258528073080336546565563654580589084111911282316013
9421544882513031806192621102278244026592898317537954958589070498400978611735138860
00000019262110227824402659289831753795495858907049840097861173500
000000198721712323251327332989327042265261621875548742104891227900
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 6545
Owner: Srotag
 
Grade: VG 8
Points: 320
Owner: mikefromct
 
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