Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 138,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.42 (9/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1915 50C MS obverse 1915 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is second only to 1914(P) in having the lowest mintage of the series. It is actually more elusive than the earlier date across all grades. Heavily worn coins were squirreled away in coin boards and folders during the 1930s-40s, but ones grading F through AU survived only by chance and are thus much more difficult to find. Mint State pieces are moderately scarce in all grades, and gems are very elusive.

The date logo punches for the silver coins of this date are all quite different in both style and size from those used in previous years, and the reason for this is unknown. It does, however, give 1915-dated halves a very distinctive look.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/14/2020

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1915 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 125 240 550 700 900 1100 1325 1400 1600 1700 1800 2600 4000 4500 10000 - - - -
$ - - - - 1500 - - - - - 5375 28500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 691
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VG
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: 9/22/2020 1915 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base9282217742510428713-21410851----691
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Total9282217742510428713-21410851----691
 1%41%31%11%4%1%1%0%1%1%2%-0%2%1%1%1%0%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1915 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base3844185178021021136315051609175319692106221523192385269935924445695173187733805810343
395451612875113514101540165718252015214222502341249029973876528070737456784188200
0000001540165718252015214222502341249029973876528070737456784100
0000001574170518972060217922842363259432944161611671967595795000
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Grade: VF 35
Points: 1021
Owner: Scott mathison
 
Grade: F 12
Points: 802
Owner: The Wilson Collection
 
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