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

1904-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6499
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,117,600
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$28,600 • MS65 • 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 1,500 R-4.8 11 / 74 TIE 11 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 4 / 74 TIE 4 / 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  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade

New Orleans Mint - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2101, $14,850 - David Lawrence, sold privately - Dr. Peter Shireman Collection, sold privately on 4/28/1997 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5406, $27,025 - “Perfection” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers, sold privately on 3/29/2003 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8//2010:3210, $27,60 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3296, $12,925 - Heritage 4/2016:4672, not sold

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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
3 MS66+ PCGS grade

New Orleans Mint - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2101, $14,850 - David Lawrence, sold privately - Dr. Peter Shireman Collection, sold privately on 4/28/1997 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5406, $27,025 - “Perfection” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers, sold privately on 3/29/2003 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8//2010:3210, $27,60 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3296, $12,925 - Heritage 4/2016:4672, not sold

5 MS66 PCGS grade

Superior 5/1993:584 - Heritage 1/2010:2558, $21,850

5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:161 - Dr. Peter Shireman Collection - Stack's 10/2005:5251 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately in 6/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30561, $25,850

5 MS66 PCGS grade  
9 MS65 PCGS grade  

James Bennet Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4236 (as PCGS MS65 03334028), $13,225 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5579 (as PCGS MS65 03334028), $12,650

9 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage Galleries - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3894, $10,350

Ron Guth: The 1904-O Half Dollar is decidedly scarce and it is difficult to locate in Mint State grades above MS64.  In terms of the total number of Mint State examples, the 1904-O compares favorably with other scarce dates such as 1903-S, 1908-S, and, surprisingly, 1904-S (which is only slighy more rare).  Superb quality 1904-O Half Dollars are very rare and top out at MS67.  The strike on the 1904-O is usually quite good -- not full, but closer than most O-Mint Barber Halves.  Neither of the two PCGS MS67 examples has appeared at auction, and one of them might be the unusual Prooflike Gem from the 1998 sale of John Jay Pittman coins.  At that time, the cataloguer, David Akers, called the coin either a Branch Mint Proof or a possible presentation piece.  He described the coin as not just being Prooflike, but that it had all the hallmarks of a Proof.  That coin brought a record $28,600 almost twenty years ago; who knows what it would bring today?


David Akers: In any mint state grade, the 1904-O Barber Half Dollar is a notable rarity, among the very rarest in the entire series, although definitely not as rare as the 1904-S... Relatively few Gems of this issue exist...