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

1903 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
6495
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,278,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,700 • GEM UNC • 5-1-1998 • David Akers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 50 / 74 TIE 50 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 9 / 74 TIE 9 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5404, $8,812.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:157, $18,700 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3206, $12,650 - “Perfection 9” Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3891, $13,800 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3294, $8,812.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Jason Carter, sold privately in 9/2007 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98527, $12,925

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5404, $8,812.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:157, $18,700 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3206, $12,650 - “Perfection 9” Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3891, $13,800 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3294, $8,812.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Jason Carter, sold privately in 9/2007 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98527, $12,925

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS65+ PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

John  C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4232, $13,225 - Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:678, $8,625 - Heritage 7/2008:605, $7,762.50

7 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1336, $8,225

7 MS65 PCGS grade

“Tacoma” Collection

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1903 Half Dollar is not as common as some of the other dates in the series, but it is hard to call it underrated with the information we have from the Population Reports.  The 1903 Half Dollar is readily available in Mint State, especially in MS64.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at MS65 (indicative of the overall quality of this date), and tops out at MS67.  The strike on 1903 Half Dollars is strong in general, but finding an example with full horiozontal lines in the shield can be a real challenge.  The finest 1903 Half Dollars hail from the usual array of big-name Barber collectors: Price, Friend, Duckor, and Shireman.  These collections have all been dispersed, so new collectors have an opportunity to upgrade and improve their holdings.


David Akers: In my estimation, this is one of the most underrated issues in this series. Mintage figures give no indication whatsoever of its true rarity since 2,278,000 pieces were struck, hardly a low figure. However, in any mint state grade, a 1903 Barber Half Dollar is very scarce, if not rare, and of the relatively few known mint state specimens, only a handful could legitimately be termed Gems. The 1903 is considerably more rare than most of the popular and highly regarded mintmarked issues of the 1890's, and it is also the rarest of the three issues of 1903, a fact which may surprise all but the serious student of this wonderful series