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

1901-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6491
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
847,044
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$86,250 • 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 2,000 R-4.6 19 / 74 TIE 19 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 140 R-7.6 9 / 74 TIE 9 / 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

San Francisco Mint - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:821 - David Akers 1/2004 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3202, $86,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4084, $51,700

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4228, $34,500 - Heritage 7/2009:1135, $54,625 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11461, $34,500 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 8/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30559 , $30,550

4 MS66 PCGS grade

David Lawrence Rare Coins - Dr. & Mrs. Peter K. Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5401, $18,800 - “Perfection 9” Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3888, $48,875

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

San Francisco Mint - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:821 - David Akers 1/2004 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3202, $86,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4084, $51,700

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4228, $34,500 - Heritage 7/2009:1135, $54,625 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11461, $34,500 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 8/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30559 , $30,550

4 MS66 PCGS grade

David Lawrence Rare Coins - Dr. & Mrs. Peter K. Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5401, $18,800 - “Perfection 9” Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3888, $48,875

4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Steven Duckor Collection - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 2/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98553, $15,275

4 MS67 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2093, $35,200

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 9/2004:6720, $21,850

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 6/2005:6338, $16,100 - Heritage 1/2006:3198, $13,800 - Heritage 1/2007:996, $16,100 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2494, $13,225

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Michael Casper Collection - Heritage 8/2006:5263, $15,525 - Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7209, $14,950


Ron Guth: The 1901-S Half Dollar is a semi-scarce issue that is popular in all grades.  David Akers compared this date to the 1901-O, so let's see how the comparison holds up.  There are actually more certified 1901-S Half Dollars floating around than 1901-O's.  There are fewer Mint State 1901-S Half Dollars, too, but they tend to be nicer than the Mint State 1901-O's -- probably because the strike quality on the 1901-S is usually much stronger.  For instance, there are more MS65, MS66, and MS67 examples of the 1901-S than there are of the 1901-O.  Nonetheless, 1901-S Half Dollars tend to bring more than 1901-O's.  The finest 1901-S is a coin that has a pedigree stretching all the way back to the year of issue.  When that coin sold as part of the Dr. Duckor collection of Barber Half Dollars, it set a record price of $86,250.


David Akers: This is one of the most famous and well known issues of the series due, in large part, to the rarity and popularity of the Quarter of the same date and mint. However, this issue is sufficiently rare to stand entirely on its own merit, and ironically, it is even more rare in Gem condition than the Quarter. Like the 1901-O..., to which it compares very favorably in terms of overall rarity, the 1901-S Half Dollar is probably solidly in the top ten or so issues of the series in terms of both population rarity and condition rarity. Gems are exceptionally difficult to find (the Eliasberg coin and the Emery-Nichols example being the most notable exceptions), and even Choice and Very Choice Uncirculated examples must be considered to be very rare.