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

1895-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6473
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,108,086
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$58,750 • PCGS MS67 • 1-6-2016 • 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 2,000 R-4.6 19 / 74 TIE 19 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 38 / 74 TIE 38 / 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 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:135, $26,400 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3184, $50,312.50 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5388, $58,750

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 5/2012:3865, $9,200 - David Lawrence 5/2013:384409, $11,000 - Hansin Collection - Heritage 11/2016:5291, not sold - Heritage 2/2017:3789, $8,812.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 6/2005:6319, $10,350 - Heritage 1/2011:5573 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4074, $11,162.50 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:136, $15,275

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

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:135, $26,400 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3184, $50,312.50 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5388, $58,750

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 5/2012:3865, $9,200 - David Lawrence 5/2013:384409, $11,000 - Hansin Collection - Heritage 11/2016:5291, not sold - Heritage 2/2017:3789, $8,812.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 6/2005:6319, $10,350 - Heritage 1/2011:5573 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4074, $11,162.50 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:136, $15,275

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 estimated grade  

Benson Collection, Part III - Goldbergs 2/2003:575 - Heritage 11/2003:6736, $13,225 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4210, $12,075 - Larry Whitlow, sold privately on 3/2005 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30553, $25,850

8 MS65 PCGS grade  

Country Coins - Dr. Peter Shireman

8 MS65 PCGS grade  
8 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1895-S Half Dollar is a scarce date but it is perhaps more plentiful in Mint State than previously believed.  Certainly, other dates, such as the 1893-S and 1896-O are much more difficult to obtain in nice condition.  The typical Mint State 1895-S Half Dollar ranges from MS63 to MS64, with only a few better.  MS66 examples are true condition-rarities and but a couple of PCGS MS67's top out the Condition Census.  One of the best, and most colorful, 1895-S Half Dollars hails from the celebrated Dr. Thaine Price Collection; other familialr names attached to this remarkable coin are Dr. Duckor and Dr. Shireman -- both well-known for the high-grade Barber Half Dollar sets they built.


David Akers: In Gem condition, the 1895-S Barber Half Dollar is one of the rarest issues in the series, certainly in the upper third of the 74 total issues. Uncirculated examples up to Choice Uncirculated can be located with only moderate difficulty...