Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,354,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.03 (9/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1908 50C MS obverse 1908 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

While most Philadelphia Mint Barber Halves before 1913 are fairly common, the 1908(P) entry is moderately scarce in the higher circulated grades. Mint State coins, including gems, are relatively less available than other P-Mint halves of the period, though not truly rare. When seen, they tend to be well struck and pleasingly lustrous.

United States minor and silver coins dated 1908 are notorious for a spike in the number of misplaced-date varieties, and it's believed that this is why the U. S. Mint began applying the date directly to the master die for each denomination starting in 1909. Thereafter, such varieties could no longer occur unless the master die was itself so made. As with most MPD varieties in this time frame, that known for 1908(P) reveals the top of an errant zero within the denticles below the zero of the date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1908 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 25.00 80.00 175 230 300 310 370 500 530 600 785 915 1180 2325 5050 19350 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 229
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1908 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2131415124526726-132927371313---229
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Total2131415124526726-132928381413---232
 1%6%6%6%5%2%2%1%3%3%11%-6%13%12%16%6%0%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1908 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base59678514336664269094196610441152117313211421173021243212414165456820796010226
62731042174586587749499921080115912221354152418612487352249426637720087150
0000007749499921080115912221354152418612487352249426637720000
00000085795810181116116612721388162719932849383157446728758000
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2124
Owner: ST.PETERBURG RUSSIA
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 1730
Owner: Ragnar Lothbrok
 
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