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

1896-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6475
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
924,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$88,125 • PCGS MS67 • 8-16-2015 • 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 1,000 R-5.0 2 / 74 TIE 2 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 2 / 74 2 / 74
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 MS67 PCGS grade  

John M. Clapp Collection, obtained directly from the New Orleans Mint in 8/1896 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers and Merena 4/1997:2077, $44,000 - Stellar Collection - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 8/2015:4075, $88,125

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena “Emery & Nichols Collections” 11/1984:806 - David Akers, sold privately(?) on 8/16/1995 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3186, $37,375 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98547, $44,062.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1989:137 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4212, $29,900 - Heritage 7/2008:1705, $51,750 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2492, $28,750

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena - Dr. Peter Shireman

4 MS65 PCGS grade  

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3875, $23,000

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

John M. Clapp Collection, obtained directly from the New Orleans Mint in 8/1896 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers and Merena 4/1997:2077, $44,000 - Stellar Collection - Greensboro Collection - Heritage 8/2015:4075, $88,125

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena “Emery & Nichols Collections” 11/1984:806 - David Akers, sold privately(?) on 8/16/1995 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3186, $37,375 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98547, $44,062.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1989:137 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4212, $29,900 - Heritage 7/2008:1705, $51,750 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2492, $28,750

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena - Dr. Peter Shireman

4 MS65 PCGS grade  

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3875, $23,000

4 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 2/2008:657, $37,375 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 5/2009:810, $21,850

7 MS65 estimated grade  

Rev. Dr. James G. K. McClure Collection - Heritage 6/2016:4555, $30,550

8 MS64 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2008:2320, $14,950

8 MS64 PCGS grade
8 MS64 PCGS grade  
David Akers: Among the 74 Barber Half Dollar issues, the 1896-O has long been prized as one of the rarest and most elusive issues. Look over the great auction sales of the past 50 years or so, and I think you will be surprised how seldom the 1896-O has been offered in Gem condition. Such high priced rarities as 1892-S, 1893-S and 1895 Morgan Dollars, and 1921-S Half Dollars have all appeared with far greater regularity in Gem condition than have not only this Barber Half Dollar issue but many of the other issues in this series as well.