1893 50C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 19806491
PCGS#: 6465

Owner's Comments

Laibstain. Very nice coin with colorful toning over beautiful smooth surfaces and underlying luster. Tied with eight other coins as second finest known grades. The second year of issue and far less commonly saved in mint state than the 1892 issues. This date typically comes well-struck. Surprisingly, there are nine examples tied at MS 66 , with a recently certified MS 67 as the finest known. Although there is no standard rule for dividing up the set, I find it useful to take the 24 years the coins were minted and to divide that into three equal parts, thus considering the coins from 1892-1899 to be the early years, from 1900-1907 to be middle years, and 1908-1915 to be the late years. Each of these groups seems to have some interesting characteristics regarding such features as survival rates, toning, and historical perspectives. There is a minor variety described of the 1893 with a triple die reverse, but as of August, 2013, none have been graded by PCGS. From what I can tell, the coin in our set is not this variety.

Expert Comments

David Akers: Although generally considered to be a common date, the 1893 is actually quite rare in grades above Choice Uncirculated and it is very rare in Gem condition.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,826,000 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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20
1
3
18
3
4
23
6
28
2
8
35
3
45+
325
50+
450
53+
495
55+
595
58+
870
60
895
5
62+
1,000
63+
1,200
1
65+
3,900
1
66+
10,250
1
67
22,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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 500 R-6.0 55 / 74 TIE 55 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 51 / 74 TIE 51 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade Dale Friend
3 MS66 PCGS grade Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

David Akers 2/1993 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3176, $8,625