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

1908 50C (Proof)

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PCGS PR68

PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67
PCGS #:
6555
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
545
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$10,350 • PCGS PR68 • 1-6-2010 • Heritage Auctions
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Relative Rarity
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 475 R-6.0 3 / 24 TIE 3 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 465 R-6.0 3 / 24 TIE 3 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 3 / 24 TIE 3 / 24 TIE
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1 PR68 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
5 PR67 PCGS grade
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1 PR68 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
5 PR67 PCGS grade
5 PR67 PCGS grade
5 PR67 PCGS grade  
5 PR67 PCGS grade  
5 PR67 PCGS grade  
5 PR67 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Sales of Proof Half Dollars declined again in 1908 to a new low of 545 pieces.  In fact, there hadn't been a mintage that low since 1877.  Thus, collectors of today will have a little bit more of a challenge to find an example of this date than some of the contemporary years, but fortunately, there is not much of a premium attached to this date.  However, the quality of this date is somewhat spotty, with most certified examples appearing in PR62 to PR63.  Once again, Cameo examples are very rare and Deep Cameo examples are nonexistent.  This may have been what killed collector enthsiasm for this date -- people remembered and longed-for the glorious, black-and-white, Deep Cameo Proofs of the early years and disdained those with a Brilliant finish (though that is pure sepculation).