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

1894-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6469
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,138,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$43,125 • PCGS MS67 • 1-1-2009 • 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 1,250 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 40 R-8.7 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade

S.H. & H. Chapman  4/1903:610 - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:801 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:131 - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3870, $43,125 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3180, $32,200 - “Perfection 9A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4206, $20,700 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 1/12/2005 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5386, $28,200

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade

S.H. & H. Chapman  4/1903:610 - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:801 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:131 - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3870, $43,125 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3180, $32,200 - “Perfection 9A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
4 MS67 estimated grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4206, $20,700 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 1/12/2005 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5386, $28,200

5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Steven Duckor - David Akers - Heritage 4/2009:2491, $19,550

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 5/2004:7504, $6,900

7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1894-O Half Dollar is slightly more common in Mint State than is the 1894, which is really not surprising since the mintage of the 1894-O is almost twice that of the 1894.  Most of the currently-certified examples post up as MS64.  Gem examples are scarce, but this is one of the few dates in the series which is represented by a PCGS MS68 example (but only one!).  The strike quality on this date is definitely better than on the 1893-O, though occasionally an example shows up with a weak talon on the viewer's right side of the reverse.


David Akers: The 1894-O is not only a low mintage issue by any means, but mint state examples are definitely scarce. In Gem condition, this issue is very rare...