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

1906-D 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6505
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,028,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$47,000 • PCGS MS67 • 5-12-2015 • 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 5,000 R-4.0 58 / 74 TIE 58 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 600 R-5.8 62 / 74 TIE 62 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 51 / 74 TIE 51 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4242 -  Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 6/2005 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98531, $47,000

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dale Friend 9/2002 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3216, $21,850

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2007:803, $4,456.25

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 12/2004:6128, $6,037.50

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

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4242 -  Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 6/2005 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98531, $47,000

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dale Friend 9/2002 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3216, $21,850

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2007:803, $4,456.25

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 12/2004:6128, $6,037.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade   David L. Goodwin Collection - Heritage 4/2006:2065, $7,475 - Heritage 11/2006:867, $5,750
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Time for a fresh analysis of the 1906-D Half Dollar.  David Akers wrote that the 1906-D was "considerably more rare with respect to population rarity than the 1906 P Mint issue" but more recent population data puts them almost equal in the number of coins certified of each date, with the 1906-P only slightly more plentiful in Mint State grades.  Both the 1906-P and the 1906-D are approximately twice as common as the 1906-O and 1906-S.  The real rarity of the four dates is the 1906-O, which has the smallest overall population in Mint State.  However, the true condition-rarity of this group turns out to be the 1906-D, which has the fewest number of coins graded MS67 or better.

The single finest example of the 1906-D Half Dollar is a PCGS MS67 that sold in 2015 as part of the Eugene Garnder Collection for a record $47,000.


David Akers: Although not really a rare issue, the 1906-D is surprisingly difficult to locate in...full Gem condition...and, in my opinion, Gems of this issue are very underrated and undervalued. Comparing it to the other Barber Half Dollar issues of 1906, the 1906-D is considerably more rare with respect to population rarity than the 1906 P Mint issue, but, of course, it does not rival the overall rarity of the 1906-O and 1906-S... However, at the Gem level, the 1906-D is equal in rarity to the 1906 and is only a little less rare than the 1906-O and 1906-S, a fact that may have escaped the notice of all but the serious student of the series.