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

1893 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6465
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,826,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$28,200 • PCGS MS67 • 8-16-2015 • 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 4,000 R-4.2 50 / 74 TIE 50 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 55 / 74 TIE 55 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 51 / 74 TIE 51 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dale Friend

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers 2/1993 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3176, $8,625

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dale Friend

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers 2/1993 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3176, $8,625

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 12/2010:3708, $5,031

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1893 Half Dollar is no more nor no less rare than most of the other dates in the 1890's.  For example, the Mint State profile of the 1893 is very similar to the profiles of the 1892-O, 1892-S, 1894, and 1895.  Each is semi-scarce in MS63 to MS64, scarce in MS65, and rare in MS66 or better.  The finest 1893 Half Dollar is a blazing white PCGS MS67 - a coin which also holds the record price for the date.

The 1893 Half Dollar usually comes with a crisp strike, booming, frosty luster, and good eye appeal.  It is an excellent choice for both type and date collectors.


David Akers: Although generally considered to be a common date, the 1893 is actually quite rare in grades above Choice Uncirculated and it is very rare in Gem condition.