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

1913-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6529
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
604,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$43,125 • 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 2,500 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

Dale Friend, sold privately in 9/2004 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3240, $43,125 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3316, $21,150

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2015:3956, $12,925 - Heritage 4/2016:4676, $8,355.43

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4156, $7,637.50 - “Srotag Complete Barber Collection” (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:191, $14,300 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4266 - Heritage 2/2011:3750 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30571, $15,275

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 5/2009:823, $10,350

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

Dale Friend, sold privately in 9/2004 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3240, $43,125 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3316, $21,150

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2015:3956, $12,925 - Heritage 4/2016:4676, $8,355.43

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4156, $7,637.50 - “Srotag Complete Barber Collection” (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:191, $14,300 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4266 - Heritage 2/2011:3750 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30571, $15,275

3 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 5/2009:823, $10,350

3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS66 PCGS grade  
9 MS65+ PCGS grade

“Laxdive” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

10 MS65 PCGS grade  

U.S. Coins - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2966, $3,737.50

Ron Guth: The 1913-S Half Dollar is a semi-scarce date.  In Mint State, it is ever-so-slightly more common than the 1913-P, but it is much less common than the 1913-D.  As with most Barber Half Dollars, the 1913-S is most apt to be seen in MS63 and MS64.  Gems are rare, with the low end of the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starting at MS65 to MS65+ then terminating on the high side with a single PCGS MS67 (that being the remarkable Friend-Duckor-Greensboro Collection coin illustrated above).

The 1913-S usually shows softness of strike on Liberty's lips, the upper right corner of the shield, and the adjacent feathers.  Fully struck examples may not exist, but, if they do, they should be worth a substantial premium.


David Akers: The 1913-S Barber Half Dollar is very scarce in mint state and moderately rare in Gem condition. However, it is more available at this grade level than the other two Half Dollar issues of the year, the 1913 and 1913-D.