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

1905-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6502
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
505,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$63,250 • 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 1,500 R-4.8 11 / 74 TIE 11 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 300 R-6.4 38 / 74 TIE 38 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 70 R-8.3 44 / 74 TIE 44 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Paramount “Auction '86” 7/1986:1697 - David Akers, sold privately on 6/15/1992 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3213, $63,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3298, $54,050

1 MS68 PCGS grade  

New Orleans Mint - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2104, $33,000 - Heritage 1/2015:4145, $56,400

3 MS67 PCGS grade  

Superior - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3896, $29,900

3 MS67 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4239, $15,525

5 MS67 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

Paramount “Auction '86” 7/1986:1697 - David Akers, sold privately on 6/15/1992 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3213, $63,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3298, $54,050

1 MS68 PCGS grade  

New Orleans Mint - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2104, $33,000 - Heritage 1/2015:4145, $56,400

3 MS67 PCGS grade  

Superior - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3896, $29,900

3 MS67 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4239, $15,525

5 MS67 estimated grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dr. Peter Shireman Collection

7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 11/2004:7501, $7,187.50

7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 5/2001:8419 - Heritage 7/2002:8222, $5,175 - Heritage 7/2003:7734, $7,475 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
David Akers: The 1905-O is one of the lowest mintage issues in the series; in fact, among all of the branch mint Barber Half Dollar issues, only the 1892-O had a lower mintage. Fortunately, a few extraordinary specimens have been saved; the 1905-O in the Eliasberg sale was nearly perfect, for example, and the Dr. Robert Wynsen specimen is also of exceptional quality. Most 1905-O Half Dollars, even those that might otherwise technically qualify as Gems, are poorly struck, often with mumps, and generally have substandard luster.