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

1896 50C (Proof)

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PCGS PR68

PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67
PCGS #:
6543
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
762
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$21,150 • NGC PR68 • 2-7-2013 • Heritage Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 675 R-5.6 14 / 24 TIE 14 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 650 R-5.7 13 / 24 TIE 13 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 13 / 24 TIE 13 / 24 TIE
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1 PR68 PCGS grade

“Young - Dakota” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 PR68 PCGS grade  
3 PR67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2006:2085, $14,950

4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade

“Young - Dakota” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 PR68 PCGS grade  
3 PR67+ PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2006:2085, $14,950

4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Proof 1896 Half Dollars fit nicely into the series in terms of relative rarity, availabilty, and quality -- all of which are good.  What is different about this date, however, is the extreme rarity of Deep Cameo examples.  It was as if the Mint forgot how to make Deep Cameos just in this one year.  Brilliant Proofs and Cameo Proofs can be found with ease, but if you're working on a set of Deep Cameos, this date is a real stopper.