Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,278,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.72 (9/19/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1903 50C MS obverse 1903 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is a bit scarcer than Philadelphia Mint halves of comparable mintage. Circulated examples grading F and higher are in short supply, as are Mint State pieces. Most seen are well but not fully struck, and gems are genuinely rare.

The only variety known is a minor repunched date that shows an extra outline to the upper curve of numeral 3.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1903 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 27.00 80.00 175 230 315 350 435 525 715 900 1075 1430 2150 5500 13000 - - - -
$ - - - - 585 - - - - 3000 8000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 135
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
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, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1903 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base8474184723916191612105-----135
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---------------1-1----2
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Total84741847239161916121151----137
 6%3%5%3%13%3%5%1%2%7%12%1%7%12%9%8%4%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5967852013956747259581036113812261303133314501969314949586209750796801114914035
62731242664886918039841070116712521313137216232362375253756642823110170121110
000000803984107011671252131313721623236237525375664282311017000
0000008801010110411971277132314111796275643555792707489561065900
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