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

1915 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6532
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
138,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$42,300 • PCGS MS66+ • 5-12-2015 • 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 100 R-8.0 51 / 74 TIE 51 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 8/2006:3401 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3243, $41,687.50 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98540 $42,300

1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2016:5422, $22,325

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5421, $9,400

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3265 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4098, $11,750 - Heritage 3/2016:4922, $8,812.50 - Heritage 4/2017:3366, $5,170

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

Bowers & Merena 8/2006:3401 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3243, $41,687.50 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98540 $42,300

1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2016:5422, $22,325

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5421, $9,400

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3265 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4098, $11,750 - Heritage 3/2016:4922, $8,812.50 - Heritage 4/2017:3366, $5,170

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 5/2007:1163, $6,325 - Heritage 3/2008:716, $5,462.50

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

David Lawrence - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2969, $5,175

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4269, $5,405

7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Heritage 5/2006:1729, $5,462.50

David Akers: This is the second lowest mintage issue of the series with only 138,000 pieces struck. Not surprisingly, mint state specimens, particularly Choice and Very Choice ones, are very scarce, if not rare. Examples [in Gem condition] are definitely rare and very difficult to find...

Ron Guth: The popularity of the 1915 Half Dollar is evident in the large population of certified examples.  Despite being one of the rarer dates in the series, there are more PCGS-certified 1915 Half Dollars than any other date -- including the first-year-of-issue 1892.  Not unexpectedly, most of the certified examples are circulated, as Mint State examples of the 1915 are just as scarce as most of the other dates in the series.  Mint State 1915 Half Dollars are slightly morre rare than the 1914, but not as rare as the 1913.  MS64 examples are the most plentiful, followed by MS63's.  Gems are scarce, but they show up in the marketplace with relative frequency.  MS66 and better examples are very rare, with just a small handful in MS66, one or two in MS66+, and none in MS67.

The strike quality of the 1915 Half Dollar is about 95% all there, with a trivial amount of weakness in the usual place -- the upper right corner of the shield on the reverse.