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

1901-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
6490
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,124,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$64,625 • PCGS MS67+ • 10-29-2015 • 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 1,250 R-4.9 4 / 74 TIE 4 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 3 / 74 3 / 74
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 5 / 74 TIE 5 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Stack's 5/1961:1196 - Stack's 1/1991:1196 - David Akers, sold privately on 2/2/1994 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3201, $63,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3292, $64,625

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Harry Laibstain - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3887, $23,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

James A. Stack Collection - Stack's 3/1975:602 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1344, $32,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30558, $21,150

4 MS65+ PCGS grade

J.M. Clapp Collection, purchased directly from the New Orleans Mint in 9/1901 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers and Merena 4/1997:2092 - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5400, $12,925

5 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Stack's 5/1961:1196 - Stack's 1/1991:1196 - David Akers, sold privately on 2/2/1994 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3201, $63,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3292, $64,625

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Harry Laibstain - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3887, $23,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

James A. Stack Collection - Stack's 3/1975:602 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1344, $32,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30558, $21,150

4 MS65+ PCGS grade

J.M. Clapp Collection, purchased directly from the New Orleans Mint in 9/1901 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers and Merena 4/1997:2092 - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5400, $12,925

5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 7/2008:1706, $11,627.65

5 MS65 PCGS grade  
5 MS65 estimated grade  

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:4617, $11,750

9 MS64+ estimated grade  

Heritage 8/2011:7207, not sold

9 MS64+ PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In terms of relative rarity, the 1901-O Half Dollar is one of the tougher dates in the series.  It is notorious for being weakly struck, especially on the upper right shield and the adjacent feathers on the reverse.  This area is opposite Liberty's puffy cheek and mouth, both of which can also show mushy details.  As scarce as circulated pieces can be, Mint State 1901-O Half Dollars appear on the market with regular frequency, usually in MS62 to MS63.  Gems are very rare.  One of the most outstanding examples is the well-pedigreed PCGS MS67+ that was once owned by Dr. Steven Duckor, a recognized specialist in this series.


David Akers: The 1901-O Barber Half Dollar is one of the premier issues in the Barber Half Dollar series and, in fact, there are some experts who have expressed their opinion that it may well be the rarest in the entire series after the Micro O variety of 1892. Personally, I feel there are some other issues in the series that are more rare, but it is undoubtedly the case that the 1901-O is solidly in the top ten issues of the series with respect to both population rarity and condition rarity.