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: $8.13 (9/18/2021)
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

This low mintage issue is scarce across all grades, and pieces grading F and higher are in constant demand. The number of Mint State survivors is low, even in proportion to the mintage, and gems are very rare. The even greater rarity of the 1901-S quarter dollar has added to the half dollar's perceived desirability, but it is respectable issue in its own right.

Like most S-Mint coins of the period, the 1901-S half dollar was well made, with excellent luster and strike being the rule. This date/mint is found with either the old obverse hub of 1896-1900 or the new one that debuted this year. The old (Type 1) hub is the more often seen variety, but the rarity and price of 1901-S halves precludes much interest in collecting both.

Aside from minor positional shifts for the date and mintmark, there are no varieties for this entry.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/30/2021

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1901 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 95.00 430 525 1200 1800 2000 2100 2250 3250 4000 5000 7750 10000 11000 18000 37500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 143
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 65

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/14/2021 1901 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1942191417-42334-14542-----143
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Total1942191417-42334-14542-----143
 13%29%13%10%12%-3%1%2%2%3%-1%3%3%3%1%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1901 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59163320705106617761865204822332368258528073080336546565563654580589084111911282316013
94215448825130318061926211022782440265928983175379549585890704984009786117351388616814
00000019262110227824402659289831753795495858907049840097861173500
000000198721712323251327332989327042265261621875548742104891227900
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Grade: F 15
Points: 705
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: VG 8
Points: 320
Owner: Liberty1776
 
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