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

1900-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6488
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,560,322
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$57,500 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 40 / 74 TIE 40 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:150 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3199, $57,500

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 6/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98746, $14,100

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dennis Nagy -  Dale Friend #2 All-Time PCGS Registry Set of Barber Half Dollars - Heritage 1/2009:3886, $12,650 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3290, $9,987.50

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 estimated grade  

Purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint by John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2090, $20,900 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4225, $23,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98526, $22,325

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

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:150 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3199, $57,500

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 6/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98746, $14,100

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dennis Nagy -  Dale Friend #2 All-Time PCGS Registry Set of Barber Half Dollars - Heritage 1/2009:3886, $12,650 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3290, $9,987.50

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 estimated grade  

Purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint by John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2090, $20,900 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4225, $23,000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98526, $22,325

6 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage - Dr. Peter Shireman

6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2006:2447, $7,475

6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2001:6252, $8,050

6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1900-S Half Dollar is semi-scarce but far from being an unheralded rarity.  Mint State example can be found with relative ease in MS63 and MS64.  In MS65 and higher, the profiles of the 1900-O and 1900-S are nearly identical with one notable exception  -- the 1900-S is represented by a single PCGS MS67+ whereas the 1900-O is unknown above MS66.

Not all 1900-S Half Dollars are well-struck.  Pay particular attention to the upper right shield and adjacent feathers.  The goal should be full, horizontal lines in the shield and full feather details.  However, the quality of the strike seems to have little impact on 1900-S Half Dollars.  Hardly any discounts apply to weaker coins and very little premiums are attached to well-struck coins -- yet...


David Akers: The 1900-S is one of the unheralded rarities of the Barber Half Dollar series. It actually ranks in the top 20% of the series in terms of overall mint state rarity and Gems are especially elusive, very similar actually to Gems of the 1900-O issue.