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SERIES: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1892 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+
PCGS #:
6461
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
934,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$39,950 • PCGS MS68 • 10-29-2015 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 6,000 R-3.8 70 / 74 TIE 70 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 2,000 R-4.6 74 / 74 74 / 74
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 74 / 74 74 / 74
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4198, $34,500 - Heritage 2/2006:1326, $32,200 - Heritage 1/2007:992, $31,625 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3272, $39,950

2 MS67+ PCGS grade

David Akers 3/1993 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3172, $16,100 - David Hall Rare Coins

2 MS67+ PCGS grade

“The Type Set” Collection

2 MS67+ PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade

Troy Wiseman - Heritage 9/2006:1967, $10,925 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5381, $14,687.50

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4198, $34,500 - Heritage 2/2006:1326, $32,200 - Heritage 1/2007:992, $31,625 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3272, $39,950

2 MS67+ PCGS grade

David Akers 3/1993 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3172, $16,100 - David Hall Rare Coins

2 MS67+ PCGS grade

“The Type Set” Collection

2 MS67+ PCGS grade
5 MS67 PCGS grade

Troy Wiseman - Heritage 9/2006:1967, $10,925 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5381, $14,687.50

5 MS67 PCGS grade  

Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3866, $17,250

5 MS67 PCGS grade  

James W. Lull - Bowers & Merena 1/2005:699, $8,338 - Heritage 4/2008:2319, $13,800 - Heritage 1/2010:2556, $13,800

5 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS67 PCGS grade  

Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7200, $14,375

5 MS67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: A new design appeared on Half Dollars beginning in 1892 and it was an immediate hit with collectors.  Today, Population Report data confirms David Akers' old and long-held belief that the 1892 Half Dollar was the most common date of the series.  No other date has a larger population -- some are close, but none can equal or exceed it.

For today's collectors, this means there are numerous opportunities to acquire a high-grade example of this first-year-of-issue date.  PCGS has certified literally hundreds of Mint State examples, mostly in MS63 and MS64.  Moving up and through the Gem and Superb categories, we come to a single PCGS MS68 example, one of the finest Barber Half Dollars of any date.  This colorful example has appeared at auction three times since 2005 and it set price records every time it appeared.  For approximately half the price, collectors can opt for one of the lovely PCGS MS67+'s.  


David Akers: Despite its relatively low mintage of just 935,245 pieces, including Proofs, the 1892 Barber Half Dollar is by far the most common of the 74 issues in this series. Obviously, many were saved as souvenirs of the first year of issue of the design.