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

1893-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6466
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,389,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$23,000 • PCGS MS66 • 1-1-2005 • 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 1,250 R-4.9 4 / 74 TIE 4 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 3 / 74 TIE 3 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

James A. Stack - Stack's 3/1975:574 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:128 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3177, $20,700

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2005:4203 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3276, $12,925 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3140, $9,400

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2015:3149, $18,800 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:315, not sold

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:6312, $14,950 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 6/3/2005 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5384, $11,162.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

U.S. Coins, sold privately in 11/2007 - Heritage 2/2015:3133, $14,000

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

James A. Stack - Stack's 3/1975:574 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:128 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3177, $20,700

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2005:4203 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3276, $12,925 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3140, $9,400

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2015:3149, $18,800 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:315, not sold

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:6312, $14,950 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 6/3/2005 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5384, $11,162.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

U.S. Coins, sold privately in 11/2007 - Heritage 2/2015:3133, $14,000

6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Larry Shepherd - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2929, $8,625

6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2002:6660, $6,440

6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
10 MS64+ PCGS grade  
David Akers: The 1893-O is scarce, but not really rare in the lower Uncirculated grades. That is, in Choice Uncirculated or lower grades, specimens can generally be located with a little searching. However, in Gem Uncirculated condition, the situation changes dramatically and only a very few such specimens are known...

Ron Guth: David Akers' assessment of this date was correct in that Gems are truly scarce.  Perhaps a few more individual examples have shown up since he wrote about this date, but no super-Gems (MS-67 or better) have appeared in the intervening years.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census is evenly split between MS65 and MS66 examples (with the latter enumerated above).

Like many coins from the New Orleans Mint, these are sometimes prone to a weak strike.  Flatness can occur on Liberty's lips, forecurls, and along the hairline around her face.  On the reverse, the viewer's right side of the shield and adjacent feathers can be soft, as well as the talon and tail feathers on the same side (the Price/Duckor PCGS MS66 is one such example).  Some examples show a strong strike, but none are fully struck (one of the best-detailed 1893-O Half Dollars is the PCGS MS66 from the Heritage 2/2015 sale, lot 3133).