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

1898-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6481
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
874,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,300 • NGC MS67 • 1-1-2005 • 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 1,250 R-4.9 4 / 74 TIE 4 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 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  

Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1998 - Heritage 1/2005:6329, $25,300

2 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers 8/1995 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3192, $12,650 - Dr. Peter Shireman

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 11/2007:806 - Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7205, $12,650

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

Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1998 - Heritage 1/2005:6329, $25,300

2 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers 8/1995 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3192, $12,650 - Dr. Peter Shireman

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 11/2007:806 - Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7205, $12,650

2 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 estimated grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4218, $25,300

6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Superior 5/90 - Dr. Peter Shireman

6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3880, $10,350

6 MS65 PCGS grade  
David Akers: In the past, the 1898-O was always overshadowed by the mintmarked issues of 1896 and 1897; that is, although the 1898-O was always considered a very scarce date, it generally took a backseat to the 1896-O, 1896-S, 1897-O and 1897-S in terms of popularity and perceived rarity. Now that we have a better picture of the relative rarity of many of the issues in the series, however, it is quite clear that the 1898-O in Gem condition is decidedly more rare than either of the two 1897 issues and is actually very similar in rarity to the 1896-O and 1896-S. I feel that is is one of the more underrated issues in the series in high grade, and Gem quality examples are extremely difficult to locate.