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

1903-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+
PCGS #:
6496
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,100,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$46,000 • 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 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 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 MS67 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3630 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:158 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3207, $46,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3892, $13,800

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2007:1695, $16,100 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98528, $9,987.50

2 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3630 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:158 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3207, $46,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3892, $13,800

2 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2007:1695, $16,100 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98528, $9,987.50

2 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65+ PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS65+ PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Dale Friend - Dr. Peter Shireman

6 MS65 PCGS grade  
David Akers: It has been written elsewhere that the 1903-O Half Dollar is generally poorly struck. However, I must say that in many years of studying Barber Half Dollars and making copious notes on them..., weak striking on the 1903-O Half Dollars is not nearly as commonplace as it is on some other O Mint issues like the 1898-O, 1900-O, 1901-O and 1902-O, for example, as well as the 1904-O and 1905-O. Compared to those issues, the 1903-O is by far the most often well struck. To be sure, some examples are a little weakly struck, but one almost never sees the flat strike on a 1903-O that the other issues typically have, and very sharp ones, like [the Price] specimen and the Eliasberg coin, are seen just as often as weakly struck ones. This issue is more available than the rarities of 1898-O, 1900-O, 1901-O, 1902-O and 1904-O, which are some of the premier issues in the series. However, it is still a rare issue in grades better than Choice Uncirculated, and relatively few exist in Gem condition. At the superb level..., the 1903-O is exceedingly rare.