Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 505,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.72 (12/3/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1905 O 50C MS obverse 1905 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1905-O half dollar is among the more poorly made issues in the Barber series. Most examples are weakly struck and display mediocre luster. The "mumps" phenomenon is sometimes seen, as the obverse die sank at Liberty's portrait from improper heat treatment and die erosion. The number of Mint State survivors is relatively high for such a modest mintage, but gems are quite rare. Attractive circulated examples are elusive in grades above Very Good.

David Lawrence described this coin's mintmark as "wide open," but it's unlikely that a different punch was used. A more plausible explanation is that the punch was applied shallowly, and the shoulders of the punch thus didn't fill in its center.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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1905 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 30.00 75.00 155 410 525 600 650 875 1100 1225 1375 1500 1750 2175 4000 6250 20000 65000 - -
$ - - - - 1150 - - - 1950 2600 5100 10000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 156
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1905 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base22811129121216222221227221--156
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Total22811129121216222221227221--156
 1%18%7%8%6%1%1%1%1%1%4%1%1%14%13%14%4%1%1%1%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1905 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5913123753974510361095112412261333150516091790202923522854376547567198104161196515000
8316633860884210561105115812621390154016691870213725193158409555708271109321297715750
00000011051158126213901540166918702137251931584095557082711093200
00000011141192129714481574173019492244268734614426638493431144900
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Grade: VG 10
Points: 237
Owner: Seiber
 
Grade: G 4
Points: 131
Owner: LARRY LIVELY
 
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