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

1908-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6515
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,644,828
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$17,625 • PCGS MS67 • 10-27-2014 • 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 2,500 R-4.5 30 / 74 TIE 30 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 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 PCGS MS67  
1 PCGS MS67  
3 PCGS MS66

David Akers 6/1992 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3226, $8,050

3 PCGS MS66  

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

3 PCGS MS66  

Heritage Galleries - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3902, $10,350

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PCGS MS67  
1 PCGS MS67  
3 PCGS MS66

David Akers 6/1992 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3226, $8,050

3 PCGS MS66  

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

3 PCGS MS66  

Heritage Galleries - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3902, $10,350

3 PCGS MS66  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4252, $10,925

7 MS66 estimated grade  
8 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 1/2009:2953, $4,025

8 MS65 PCGS grade  
8 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Among later-date Barber Half Dollars, the 1908-S is a real standout.  According to the PCGS Population Report, it has the lowest overall population of any date since 1905.  The same is true of the Mint State populations, which are all very low relative to the surrounding dates.  Gems are rare but, fortunately, there is a handful of examples at the MS65 and MS66 levels.  MS67 examples are exceedingly rare.  As illustrated above, most of the top-quality examples are toned to some degree, usually in impressive arrays of different colors, and their eye appeal is overwhelmingly positive.

The strike quality on 1908-S Half Dollars is usually good with these occasional exceptions: 1) softness on the upper-right corner of the shield and the adjacent feathers and 2) roller-marks (actually draw marks) which were not crushed out completely when the coins were struck.  Unless obvious or distracting, either of these conditions should affect the value to only a small degree.


David Akers: Even by Barber Half Dollar standards, this issue is very underrated. In Gem condition, it is very close in rarity to the 1907-S, which in recent years has been touted, and correctly so, as being a very rare issue. However, for some reason the 1908-S has usually been overlooked and has seldom, if ever, received mention as being an issue of any particular significance or rarity. Actually, it is very difficult to find in any mint state grade, even the lower ones, and Gems are very rare.