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

1902-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
6494
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,460,670
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$32,200 • PCGS MS67 • 8-11-2010 • Heritage Auctions
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2
20
2
3
18
2
3
4
30
3
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6
32
2
6
8
50
4
8
10
75
5
10
45+
585
45+
50+
810
50+
53+
925
53+
55+
1,375
55+
58+
1,600
1
58+
61
2,250
61
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2,600
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63+
3,200
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64+
4,500
64+
65+
5,500
65+
66+
13,000
2
66+
67+
36,500
2
67+
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 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 - David Akers 5/1998:156 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3205, $32,200 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4086, $28,200

1 MS67+ PCGS grade

“Perfection” Collection

3 MS67 PCGS grade  

Stack's 10/1975:396 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:287 - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3890, $20,700 - Heritage 4/2013:4289, $25,850 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98556, $18,800

4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Queller Family Collection of U.S. Half Dollars  - Stack's 10/2002:774 - Heritage 6/2005:6343 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98748, $10,575

5 MS66 PCGS grade

Country Coins - Dr. Peter Shireman

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

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:156 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3205, $32,200 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4086, $28,200

1 MS67+ PCGS grade

“Perfection” Collection

3 MS67 PCGS grade  

Stack's 10/1975:396 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:287 - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3890, $20,700 - Heritage 4/2013:4289, $25,850 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98556, $18,800

4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Queller Family Collection of U.S. Half Dollars  - Stack's 10/2002:774 - Heritage 6/2005:6343 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98748, $10,575

5 MS66 PCGS grade

Country Coins - Dr. Peter Shireman

5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7210, $12,650

5 MS66 PCGS grade

Country Coins - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5403, $5,640 

5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
David Akers: Not quite as rare as the 1902-O, but still very difficult to obtain better than Choice Uncirculated; in fact, Gems...are definitely very rare.

Ron Guth: The 1902-S Half Dollar is one of the most underrated dates in the series.  Based on the PCGS Population Report alone, the 1902-S has the smallest total population of any date except for the 1892-O.  Contrary to David Akers' statement, the 1902-S is rarer than the 1902-O, but only by a slight margin.  Mint State 1902-S Half Dollars tend toward the lower end of the scale -- usually MS62 to MS63.  Gems are very rare and anything better than MS66 is a true condition-rarity.  The finest examples are a pair of PCGS MS67+'s, both of which are illustrated above.