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

1906-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
6506
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,446,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$46,000 • 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 2,000 R-4.6 19 / 74 TIE 19 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

New Orleans Mint - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:835 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:168 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3217, $46,000 - “Perfection” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67+ PCGS grade

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4243, $27,600 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5408, $42,300

3 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2013:4551, $28,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98532, $18,800 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4091, $17,037.50

4 MS66+ PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage Galleries - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3898, $12,650

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

New Orleans Mint - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:835 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:168 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3217, $46,000 - “Perfection” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67+ PCGS grade

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4243, $27,600 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5408, $42,300

3 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2013:4551, $28,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98532, $18,800 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4091, $17,037.50

4 MS66+ PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage Galleries - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3898, $12,650

5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2007:4569, $9,200

5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Eliasberg - Heritage 1/2005:6362, $7,475

5 MS66 PCGS grade   Richard J. Chouinard Collection - Heritage 2/2005:7150, $6,037.50
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
10 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 8/2004:6277, $5,531.50

Ron Guth: The 1906-O Half Dollar is definitely scarcer in Mint State than the 1905-O.  In fact, the 1906-O is one of the toughest dates among all the O-Mint Barber Half Dollars -- only a few have smaller populations of certified Mint State examples.  The 1906-O Half Dollar really shines on the high end, where a number of superb examples top off the condition census.  All of the best 1906-O Half Dollars got there because of their amazing, colorful toning.  Two standouts include a pair of PCGS MS67+'s from the  Hugon-Shireman and Price-Duckor collections (if those names seem familiar it is because they all assembled world-class groupings of Barber Half Dollars).

Unlike most of the other O-Mint Barber Half Dollars, the 1906-O is usually well-struck and fully detailed.


David Akers: In my opinion, this is a very underrated issue, one that is more rare, especially in Gem condition, than the 1905-O which had a mintage of only a little more than one fifth as great. It is also very nearly in the same rarity category with respect to Gem condition as most of the more publicized, and generally more highly regarded, O Mint issues from 1892-1904.