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

1898 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6480
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,956,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$57,500 • 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 5,000 R-4.0 58 / 74 TIE 58 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 55 / 74 TIE 55 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 46 / 74 TIE 46 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
Pinnacle Rarities - Dale Friend #2 All-Time PCGS Registry Set of Barber Half Dollars - Heritage 1/2009:3879, $57,500 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3284, $37,600
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5393, $5,875 - Heritage 1/2017:4448, $5,405

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2014:4613, $18,800

2 MS66+CGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
Pinnacle Rarities - Dale Friend #2 All-Time PCGS Registry Set of Barber Half Dollars - Heritage 1/2009:3879, $57,500 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3284, $37,600
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5393, $5,875 - Heritage 1/2017:4448, $5,405

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2014:4613, $18,800

2 MS66+CGS grade  
2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:142 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3191, $7,475

7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 2/2007:3547, $6,900

7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2005:7447, $6,900

7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1898 Half Dollar is plentiful in most grades and it is an excellent choice for type purposes.  MS63 and MS64 examples can be found with ease, and even MS65's are available frequently.  MS66 examples are fairly scarce, but there is a nice cluster of MS66+'s that offer excellent quality and colorful eye appeal.  The best example is a single PCGS MS67.

As expected of a Philadelphia Mint Barber Half Dollar, the 1897-S offers a great strike and top production quality.


David Akers: Mint state examples of this issue are not especially difficult to locate, but true Gems...are considerably more rare than generally believed. By no means is the 1898 a common date like the 1892 or certain other issues after 1907...