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

1909-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
6518
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,764,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$29,375 • PCGS MS67+ • 1-6-2016 • 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 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 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  
2 MS67 PCGS grade

James A. Stack - Stack's 3/1975:630 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:814 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3229, $12,650 - Heritage 4/2011:5196, $12,650 - David Lawrence 5/2013:???, $15,250 - Heritage 10/2016:3156, $11,162.50

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2003:7744, $18,400

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/1998:6947, $12,075 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4254 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 1/12/2005 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5417, $29,375

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2005:30225, $13,225 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 3/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98536, $17,625 - “Mhannigan” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

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

James A. Stack - Stack's 3/1975:630 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:814 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3229, $12,650 - Heritage 4/2011:5196, $12,650 - David Lawrence 5/2013:???, $15,250 - Heritage 10/2016:3156, $11,162.50

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2003:7744, $18,400

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/1998:6947, $12,075 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4254 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 1/12/2005 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5417, $29,375

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2005:30225, $13,225 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 3/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98536, $17,625 - “Mhannigan” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 PCGS grade  

U.S. Coins - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3903, $12,650

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
8 MS66+ PCGS grade  
8 MS66+ PCGS grade  
10 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1909-S Half Dollar is a semi-scarce date that is on par with the 1909-O but with a few more higher-end examples.  The most frequently-seen Mint State grade is MS64.  Gems and MS66's are fairly plentiful and there are a handful of MS67 examples for the quality-conscious buyer.  The finest 1909-S Half Dollar is the PCGS MS67+ (formerly NGC MS68) from the Hugon and Shireman collections.

The 1909-S Inverted S is one of the few varieties in the Barber Half Dollar series.  It was created when the engraver punched the mintmark upside-down into the die.  This is a fairly subtle error that, once seen, is rather obvious (see the variety illustration above).