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

1896 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6474
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
950,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$27,600 • PCGS MS67 • 8-11-2010 • 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 2,500 R-4.5 30 / 74 TIE 30 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 350 R-6.3 47 / 74 TIE 47 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 29 / 74 TIE 29 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:136 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3185, $27,600

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4211, $12,650

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3873, $12,650

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 estimated grade  

Heritage 1/2009:3874, $14,375

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

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:136 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3185, $27,600

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4211, $12,650

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3873, $12,650

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 estimated grade  

Heritage 1/2009:3874, $14,375

5 MS66 estimated grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Dr. Peter Shireman

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2001:1166, $3,900 - Heritage 11/2001:5933, $4,370

7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: David Akers called the 1896 Half Dollar "the rarest P Mint Barber Half Dollar of the decade, especially in Gem condition."   Decades later, how does the 1896 compare with other dates from the 1890's?  

These are P-Mint dates with larger populations than the 1896 in MS65 and higher (based on the PCGS Population Report):
1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898, and 1899.  Wait, that seems to be ALL of them -- thus, Mr. Akers was correct.  

How did he know this back in the "raw days" before the population reports had matured and fleshed out?  The answer is "experience."  Akers was at the top of his game and helped build several of the greatest Barber Half Dollar collections, including those of Drs. Thaine Price and Steven Duckor.  Akers knew how difficult (or easy) it was to find each of the dates because he was out there trying to locate the best of the best.  His comments from long ago remain remarkably prescient today.


David Akers: In my experience, this is the rarest P Mint Barber Half Dollar of the decade, especially in Gem condition, and it is even more rare than many of the more highly regarded mintmarked issues of the series.