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

1898-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6482
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,358,550
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,300 • PCGS MS66 • 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 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 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 MS66+ PCGS grade

David Akers, sold privately on 11/12/1992 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3193, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4078, $19,975 - “Perfection 9” Collection

1 MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2003:7878, $8,625 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5395, $12,925

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Norweb Family - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3616 - Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/98:144 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4219, $14,375

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Joseph O'Connor, sold privately on 6/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30556, $9,693.75

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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

David Akers, sold privately on 11/12/1992 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3193, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4078, $19,975 - “Perfection 9” Collection

1 MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2003:7878, $8,625 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5395, $12,925

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Norweb Family - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3616 - Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/98:144 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4219, $14,375

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Joseph O'Connor, sold privately on 6/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30556, $9,693.75

3 MS66 PCGS grade
7 MS65+ PCGS grade

Cincinnati Collection - offered by Harlan Berk in 5/2015 for $10,250 - Heritage 10/2015:3287, $8,225

8 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 12/2004:6123, $7,015

8 MS65 PCGS grade  

Larry Whitlow - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3881, $10,350 - Elbesaar Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7206, $9,775

8 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1898-S Half Dollar is a mid-range rarity in the series.  Out of the 74 Barber Half Dollar dates, the 1898-S ranks as 30th rarest in all grades.  This puts it on par with the 1892-S, 1896, 1903-S, 1906-S, and 1907-S Half Dollars.  MS64 is the most frequently-seen grade, and MS64 examples show up in the market with reliable regularity.  In grades of MS65 and higher, this is a real tough date, and it is one of the few dates in the series which shows no MS67 or better examples (this may be because of the remote location of the San Francisco Mint from the collecting centers of the East).

The strike quality of the 1898-S Half Dollars is usually excellent.  Almost all of the top-graded 1898-S Half Dollars are toned to some degree, which adds to their eye appeal and originality.


David Akers: Like the 1898-O, this is a very underrated issue, especially in...Gem condition...