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

1909 50C (Proof)

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PCGS PR68+

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68
PCGS #:
6556
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
650
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,975 • PCGS PR68 • 12-8-2011 • Heritage Auctions
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55
1
55
62+
975
62+
63+
1,100
63+
64+
1,600
64+
65+
2,750
65+
66+
4,250
66+
67+
6,500
1
67+
68+
28,500
1
68+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 575 R-5.8 9 / 24 TIE 9 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 560 R-5.8 9 / 24 TIE 9 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 150 R-7.5 13 / 24 TIE 13 / 24 TIE
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2013:3659, $15,862.50 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:184, $12,337.50

1 PR68 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection of Proof Barber Half Dollars - Superior 5/2006:638, $14,375 - Heritage 1/2007:1005, $11,500 - Stack’s 3/2007:625, $11,000 - Heritage 7/2007:964, $10,925 - Heritage 4/2012:3269, not sold - Heritage 8/2013:5659, $13,512.50 - Heritage 1/2015:5093, $11,162.50 - Heritage 6/2016:4582, $11,162.50

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

Heritage 12/2013:3659, $15,862.50 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:184, $12,337.50

1 PR68 PCGS grade

Dale Friend Collection of Proof Barber Half Dollars - Superior 5/2006:638, $14,375 - Heritage 1/2007:1005, $11,500 - Stack’s 3/2007:625, $11,000 - Heritage 7/2007:964, $10,925 - Heritage 4/2012:3269, not sold - Heritage 8/2013:5659, $13,512.50 - Heritage 1/2015:5093, $11,162.50 - Heritage 6/2016:4582, $11,162.50

1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
1 PR68 PCGS grade  
9 PR67+ PCGS grade
10 PR67 PCGS grade

Ron Guth: In 1909, the Mint increased production of Proof Half Dollars to a whopping 650 pieces.  As small  mintage as this might seem, it was a 20% increase over the output of the previous year.  In real terms, this has translated into a surprising jump in the total population of certified Proof 1909 Half Dollars.  This, coupled with a dramatic increase in the number of Cameo Proof 1909 Half Dollars, it is evident that the Mint was doing something different that year.  Further, the overall quality of this date is above-average, such that there are more certified PR68 examples of this date than any other in the entire series.  This is also one of but a couple of dates post -1901 where Deep Cameo Proofs exist.