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

1909 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+
PCGS #:
6516
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,368,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$9,775 • PCGS MS66 • 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 5,500 R-3.9 68 / 74 TIE 68 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 68 / 74 TIE 68 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 69 / 74 TIE 69 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/1994:2262 - David Akers 11/1995 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3227, $9,775

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/1994:2262 - David Akers 11/1995 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3227, $9,775

1 MS66+ PCGS grade
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2954, $6,325

5 MS66 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2009:4253, $5,175

5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 4/2009:810, $4,088.25

5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1909 Half Dollar is one of the most common dates of the series in terms of both total overall population and the number of Mint State examples.  PCGS alone has certified well over one hundred MS64's.  However, as common as this date may be, it is one of the few Barber Half Dollars with none better than MS67. 

The luster on 1909 Half Dollars is usually frosty.  It is nearly impossible to find an example that is poorly struck.  Thus, the combination of plentiful supply and nice quality makes the 1909 Half Dollar an excellent value for the type collector.


David Akers: As a date, the 1909 is one of the most common issues in the entire series and Uncirculated examples are not at all difficult to locate. Even Gems appear with some regularity, at least in comparison to most other issues of the series.