Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,100,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.31 (3/28/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1903 O 50C MS obverse 1903 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Despite a fairly high mintage, the 1903-O half dollar is moderately scarce in the better circulated grades. Mint State pieces are not truly rare, but gems are in short supply.

The typical example is weakly struck at Liberty's forehead and at the junction of the shield with the eagle's left (viewer's right) wing. As with several O-Mint Barber Halves, this issue is also found with "mumps," a sinking of the obverse die that results in a raised area at Liberty's neck. The New Orleans Mint was not particularly adept at heat treating its dies and planchets, and these deficiencies account for the many poorly struck coins known.

David Lawrence reported both Regular and Open O mintmarks, but the latter was just the result of a die state illusion. Only a single punch was employed for the year.

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Last Updated: 2/28/2020

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1903 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 35.00 80.00 215 325 475 505 585 690 930 940 1050 1500 1950 5500 11000 44500 - - -
$ - - - - 725 - - 1125 1675 2250 6250 13500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 194
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: 3/24/2020 1903 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base27121215883391711321153792----194
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Total27121215883391711321153892----195
 1%4%6%6%8%4%4%2%2%5%9%1%7%11%8%19%5%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1903 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5989115282563925990103611101219138114771658186522152980497967119046111361276215941
6998171376684947100510611146127314131537172719822470364655567489974311678138220
00000010051061114612731413153717271982247036465556748997431167800
000000102110851183132714451598179620982725431361348268104391222000
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