Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 1,140,948
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.61 (3/21/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1896 S 50C MS obverse 1896 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though 1896-S half dollar is indeed elusive across all grades, it is less so than 1896-O. It appears that association with the very rare 1896-S quarter dollar has enhanced both the desirability and value of this issue. Mint State coins typically are quite attractive and often prooflike to some degree.

Other than slight deviations in mintmark positioning there are no varieties for 1896-S halves.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/20/2019

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1896 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 130 182 338 520 1000 1275 1375 1750 2050 2250 2350 2700 3650 5750 8900 17750 60000 - - -
$ - - - - 2150 - - - - 6500 9750 19750 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 213
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
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: 3/18/2019 1896 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base465427161432-136-1681545----211
----------1-----------1
---------------1------1
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Total465427161432-137-1681645----213
 22 %25 %13 %8 %7 %1 %1 %-0 %1 %3 %-0 %3 %4 %8 %2 %2 %---- 
1896 S 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------11-------2
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Total-------------11-------2
 -------------50 %50 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/28/2010 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 2830, 2830/Lot# 2718 $69.00
2/10/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131308/Lot# 28240 $193.88
6/30/2013 PCGS VG 8   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 758, 767/Lot# 421 $160.00
8/8/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 3962 $4,700.00
1/8/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 9094 $952.93
7/6/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 198835 $88.00
2/5/2015 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1700 $5,875.00
12/27/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131601/Lot# 21213 $376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1896 50C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base594375979491103175318431969204821972585267127812910332441725743674910074111891282216011
1854907141000132017831885199520982326261427082824304836074696607878571044611733138850
000000188519952098232626142708282430483607469660787857104461173300
000000192720222147245626422744286731863889521964148966108171227800
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5743
Owner: Srotag
 
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