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

1902 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6492
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,922,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$25,300 • 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 5,000 R-4.0 58 / 74 TIE 58 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 55 / 74 TIE 55 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 29 / 74 TIE 29 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:154, $14,300 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3203, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3293, $14,100 - Heritage 3/2016:4915, $14,687.50

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2008:603, $9,775 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4117, $11,163

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2016:3883, $7,344 

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 estimated grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4229, $8,740

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

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:154, $14,300 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3203, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3293, $14,100 - Heritage 3/2016:4915, $14,687.50

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2008:603, $9,775 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4117, $11,163

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2016:3883, $7,344 

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 estimated grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4229, $8,740

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Harry Laibstain - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2938, $3,795

7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
34 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 6/2005:6340, $5,175

Ron Guth: The 1902 Half Dollar is a common date that is readily available in all grades including Mint State.  Akers' perception of this date as being difficult to locate in true Gem condition is a bit overstated, in light of modern population reports.  In MS65, the 1902 is actually the ninth most populous date, according to the PCGS Population Report.  In MS66, it is no different than many other dates -- yes, it is rare, but no more so than the 1894-S, 1895-S, 1896-S, 1898-O and several others.  MS67 is where this date really shines.  To date, only one PCGS MS67 example has arisen, that being the remarkable coin from the Price and Duckor collections.


David Akers: The 1902 has one of the highest mintage figures in the entire series, just short of 5,000,000 pieces, yet for some reason it is extremely difficult to locate in Gem condition. To be sure, lower grade mint state pieces can be located with a little diligence, but true Gems...are almost non-existent. One would have better luck finding some of the more highly regarded mintmarked issues of the 1890's in Gem condition than one would have of locating a comparable quality 1902 Barber Half Dollar.