Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,560,322
Catalog: KM-116
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.58 (2/8/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1900 S 50C MS obverse 1900 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

This popular, high visibility date is another year that is represented by branch mint issues that are decidedly rare in Mint State. Even though more than 2.5 million half dollars were struck in the San Francisco mint in 1900, very few Uncirculated coins are known, especially in the better grades of Mint State. The primary reason for this issue's scarcity is because a substantial percentage of the mintage was shipped to the Philippines and circulated there. This fact is little known outside the circle of Barber specialists, and as a result the 1900-S has remained a very scarce and underrated issue in the series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/17/2015

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1900 S 50C MS
Base $ 19.00 29.00 65.00 120 235 380 435 540 650 800 1175 2550 4450 8750 15750 32500 - - -
$ - - 475 590 685 - 1275 2800 4800 9750 18000 57500 -

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Total Graded: 126
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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1/6/2010 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 8198 $241.50
5/2/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3058, 3058/Lot# 1229 $161.00
7/12/2012 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8640 $184.00
7/29/2012 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/29/2012, 33/Lot# 66280 $313.50
9/6/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 8540 $235.00
12/23/2012 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 731, 740/Lot# 146 $30.00
4/24/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 8436 $1,527.50
10/10/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3503, 6057/Lot# 20221 $199.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1900 S 50C MS
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Grade: AU Details
Points: 479
Owner: ddr70
Grade: VF 35
Points: 423
Owner: raskelley
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