Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 553,038
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.58 (2/18/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1904 S 50C MS obverse 1904 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This low mintage issue has long been acknowledged as the key coin in the Barber Half Dollar series. It tops the rarity list in all grades from rimless slicks up through Mint State. The latter are very rare and tend to be less lustrous than other San Francisco Mint halves of this period.

The reason for this issue's sudden dip in mintage is unknown, but it's worth noting that no 1904-S quarter dollars were coined that year, and dime production was similarly low.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 1/10/2020

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1904 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 91.00 150 715 2500 4100 6850 7875 8500 9375 14500 16200 17900 20300 28000 40000 75000 132500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 26000 36500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 274
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: F
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 2/18/2020 1904 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base181065128176632315-4254211---274
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Total181065128176632315-4254211---274
 7%39%19%10%6%2%2%1%1%1%5%-1%1%2%1%1%0%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1904 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59201502113819283149338639194304463052125563587964006853731793431119714163157711786721917
10630171414012335322835644047441348245329566860536551700879929961121861469916470192170
0000003564404744134824532956686053655170087992996112186146991647000
00000037414176452150185446577462266702716286681057913174152351716800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 9343
Owner: Srotag
 
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