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

1905 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6501
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
662,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$132,250 • PCGS MS68 • 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 3,000 R-4.4 40 / 74 TIE 40 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 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 MS68+ PCGS grade

John Albanese, sold privately in 2/2009 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3212, $132,250 - Legend Numismatics - “Dime Box Silver” Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:163, $9,350 - Dr. Stephen Duckor Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2495, $16,100 - Heritage 10/2009:730, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98557, $15,275

 

2 MS67 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4238, $21,850 - Heritage 4/2006:2060, $21,850 - Heritage 1/2007:999, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3297, $16,450

4 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade  

Bear Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 2/2015:115, $13,512.50

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade

John Albanese, sold privately in 2/2009 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3212, $132,250 - Legend Numismatics - “Dime Box Silver” Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:163, $9,350 - Dr. Stephen Duckor Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2495, $16,100 - Heritage 10/2009:730, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98557, $15,275

 

2 MS67 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4238, $21,850 - Heritage 4/2006:2060, $21,850 - Heritage 1/2007:999, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3297, $16,450

4 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade  

Bear Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 2/2015:115, $13,512.50

6 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 3/1/2003 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4127, $4,935

6 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2009:2943, $6,900

6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1905 is a scarce, low-mintage date, but it is readily available in Mint State, particularly at the MS64 level.  MS63 and MS65 examples are of approximately the same rarity, though the latter is considerably more expensive than the former.  As tough as this date might be, it is one of only a few in the series that is represented by an MS68 example -- in this case, a PCGS MS68+ -- making it the single best Barber Half Dollar of any date certified by PCGS.  Not surprisingly, that piece was once owned by Dr. Steven Duckor, whose eye for quality was unsurpassed.  When it coin sold in 2010, it brought $132,250, a record price for ANY Barber Half Dollar.


David Akers: Only 662,000 pieces were minted of this issue, one of the lowest mintage figures for the entire series regardless of mint. Among Philadelphia Mint issues, the 1905 ranks fifth in low mintage after the 1910, 1913, 1914 and 1915. However, this issue is much more rare than any of those with the sole exception of the 1914. In my experience, the 1905 is also not as rare as the 1903 and 1904, but its very low mintage has gained it a rather greater measure of fame.