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

1892-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

MINTMARK COMPARSION

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6462
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
390,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$109,250 • NGC PR66 • 4-1-2009 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 11 / 74 TIE 11 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 9 / 74 TIE 9 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:124, $28,600 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4199, $103,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon Collection - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98542, $18,800 - Heritage 4/2016:4669, $16,450

3 MS67 estimated grade  
Fred Porter Collection - Charles T. Steigerwalt, sold privately in 12/1893 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2064, $18,700 - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:78, $37,375 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30548, $64,625 - Heritage 8/2015:4069, $47,000 - Heritage 2/2016:3246, $39,950
 
4 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers 10/1994 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3173, $18,400

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

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

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:124, $28,600 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4199, $103,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon Collection - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98542, $18,800 - Heritage 4/2016:4669, $16,450

3 MS67 estimated grade  
Fred Porter Collection - Charles T. Steigerwalt, sold privately in 12/1893 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2064, $18,700 - American Numismatic Rarities 6/2005:78, $37,375 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30548, $64,625 - Heritage 8/2015:4069, $47,000 - Heritage 2/2016:3246, $39,950
 
4 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers 10/1994 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3173, $18,400

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2014:13109, not sold - Heritage 10/2015:3273, $8,225

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2924, $3,450

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2002:1216, $2,990 - Heritage 7/2003:7707, $4,025

7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1892-O Half Dollar is a popular coin because of its low mintage but, in reality, it is no more difficult to obtain than many other, more plentiful dates.  In fact, the 1892-O Half Dollar has the second largest population of certified examples of any date up to 1912.  David Akers noted that the 1892-O Half Dollar was rare in Gem condition but, again, the population reports say otherwise.  Apparently, the 1892-O was saved in large quantities, as was the 1892-P, which means that collectors have ample opportunities to purchase a nice example.  Like most Barber Half Dollars, the 1892-O is extremely rare in MS67, but this is one of the few dates in the series that is represented by a PCGS MS68 example (but only one!).


David Akers: Only 390,000 pieces were minted of this issue, the lowest mintage figure of any branch mint Barber Half Dollar, and the lowest mintage of the entire series prior to 1913. The 1892-O is not quite as rare as the low mintage would imply, however, and average to Choice Uncirculated examples are only scarce, not rare. In Gem condition, though, the 1892-O is definitely rare...