Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,644,828
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.55 (3/28/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1908 S 50C MS obverse 1908 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although the 1908-S Barber half had a mintage of some 1.6 million coins, many entered circulation and few were saved. Due to this, the coin is relatively common in lower grades, but becomes increasingly scarce as you move up the Sheldon scale. NGC has only graded a total of eight coins in gem or above. (8/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/28/2016

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1908 S 50C MS
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Base $ 29.00 45.00 110 190 400 535 635 825 975 1075 1275 1650 2450 3950 5600 8300 22750 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 67


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9/10/2006 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2600 $6,613.00
10/20/2007 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2437, 2437/Lot# 1324 $20.00
12/11/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 308, 314/Lot# 8173 $3,832.95
7/31/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 1661 $1,725.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(2), 1166/Lot# 3683 $4,887.50
5/30/2012 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1171/Lot# 3880 $1,610.00
4/15/2013 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3426, 3426/Lot# 1627 $140.00
6/1/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 187586 $107.80
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5584 $3,818.75


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