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

1915-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6534
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,604,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$29,900 • PCGS MS67 • 5-28-2008 • 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 4,000 R-4.2 50 / 74 TIE 50 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 800 R-5.4 70 / 74 70 / 74
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 64 / 74 TIE 64 / 74 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Superior 10/1990:3712 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:771, $29,900 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3245, $13,800 - Heritage 8/2011:7218, $12,020

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain, sold privately - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5423, $11,750

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 3/2009:2162, $6,900

4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 5/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98542, $5,170

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

Superior 10/1990:3712 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:771, $29,900 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3245, $13,800 - Heritage 8/2011:7218, $12,020

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain, sold privately - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5423, $11,750

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 3/2009:2162, $6,900

4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 5/2008 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98542, $5,170

4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 10/2015:3320, $4,112.50

4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 3/2016:4923, $3,055

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1915-S Half Dollar is the third most plentiful date in Mint State.  However, it is nowhere near as plentiful as the 1892 or the 1915-D.  Nonetheless, collectors should have no trouble at all finding examples in MS62 to MS65.  Slightly more than a dozen examples have been certified at the MS66 level.  For those who seek the best, a couple of MS67's round out the grading curve.  Much ado has been made about this being the final date of the series, and that may have something to do with the plethora of Mint State examples.  Collectors continue to be fascinated by the first and last year of a design's appearance and disappearance, respectively, much to the benefit of modern collectors.


David Akers: Although not really a really rare issue, the 1915-S is certainly more difficult to locate than the 1915-D and some of the Philadelphia Mint issues in the series. It is, however, by a significant margin, the most often available Barber Half Dollar from the San Francisco Mint in all mint state grades, including Gem condition.