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

1904 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6498
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,992,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$51,750 • 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 4,000 R-4.2 50 / 74 TIE 50 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 49 / 74 TIE 49 / 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

Dale Friend Collection, sold privately in 9/2002 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3209, $51,750 - Heritage 10/2012:4494, $47,000 - “Perfection 9” Collection

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 5/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30560, $15,275

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Mark Miller - Heritage 3/2009:816, $7,187.50 - “Laxdive” Collection

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

Dale Friend Collection, sold privately in 9/2002 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3209, $51,750 - Heritage 10/2012:4494, $47,000 - “Perfection 9” Collection

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 5/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30560, $15,275

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Mark Miller - Heritage 3/2009:816, $7,187.50 - “Laxdive” Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
9 MS65+ PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 2/25/2006 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4120, $4,230

9 MS65+ PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1904 Half Dollar is a better date but it is common enough that it cannot be considered underrated.  It is much more common than the 1903, including in Mint State.  In MS65 and better, it is twice as plentiful as the 1903.  All things considered, the 1904 is an excellent value for the type collector because it appears on the market less frequently than common dates such as 1912-D, 1913, 1914, and any of the 1915's, yet it sells for only a slight premium.  Plus, most 1904's are well-made and nicely detailed.


David Akers: This issue is one of the most underrated in the entire series, but its rarity is recognized and appreciated by relatively few. All mint state grades considered, it is perhaps slightly less rare than the 1903, but it is every bit as rare as the 1903 in Gem condition.