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

1894-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6470
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,048,690
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$27,600 • PCGS MS66 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 40 / 74 TIE 40 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 38 / 74 TIE 38 / 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 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers, sold privately in 8/1995 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3181, $10,925 - Heritage 1/2011:5572 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98518, $8,812.50 - Heritage 12/2015:3201, not sold - Heritage 2/2016:3247, $7,050

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

U.S. Coins - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3871, $27,600 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3278, $17,625

2 MS66 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint, sold directly to the following on 11/1894 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2072, $10,450 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 7/2005:10215 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 2/10/2006 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4102, $7,050

2 MS66 PCGS grade

S. Benton Emery Collection, “undoubtedly acquired directly from the San Francisco Mint in the year of issue” (per Akers) - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:802 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:132, $25,300

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

David Akers, sold privately in 8/1995 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3181, $10,925 - Heritage 1/2011:5572 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98518, $8,812.50 - Heritage 12/2015:3201, not sold - Heritage 2/2016:3247, $7,050

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

U.S. Coins - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3871, $27,600 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3278, $17,625

2 MS66 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint, sold directly to the following on 11/1894 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2072, $10,450 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 7/2005:10215 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 2/10/2006 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4102, $7,050

2 MS66 PCGS grade

S. Benton Emery Collection, “undoubtedly acquired directly from the San Francisco Mint in the year of issue” (per Akers) - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:802 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:132, $25,300

6 MS66 estimated grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2008:1204, $9,200

7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Dr. Peter Shireman - Heritage 8/2006:5261, $8,625 - Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7204, $8,625

Ron Guth: The 1894-S Half Dollar is certainly one of the more intriguing dates in the series.  It ranks right up with the best of the dates as a condition-rarity.  In terms of the number of Gem examples available, the 1894-S compares favorably with other dates such as 1896-O, 1898-O, 1900-O, 1902-O (is there a pattern developing here?) plus surprising dates such as 1903, 1906, and 1914.  The best example is a single PCGS MS67 followed by a small handful of PCGS MS66's.  The usual Who's Who of collectors have their names attached to the best examples: Duckor, Price, Shireman, Eliasberg, and Friend.  All of the top examples are toned in varying degrees and have superb eye appeal.


David Akers: Despite its considerably higher mintage, the 1894-S is much more rare in Gem condition than the 1894-O, and is actually one of the rarest dates (in Gem) in the entire Barber Half Dollar series. I consider it to be one of the series' most underrated issues since it has never been widely publicized or even recognized as a rarity yet it bears favorable comparison to almost any other issue in the series. The number of Gems in existence is certainly very small...