1915 50C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 19806558
PCGS#: 6532

Owner's Comments

Laibstain. Last year of the series, and an issue of low mintage. More were saved of the later years, compared to the early years; the saving of the last year of issue is similar to the beginning of a new coin series as collectors realize that a coin design is no longer going to be produced, but the number saved at the beginning seems to be greater than at the end of the series. This may be due to the novelty factor. At the beginning we have a new coin design, at the end, a very familiar one. Surprisingly few gem and better 1915's from Philadelphia are known. Even at the end of the Barber Half Dollar series, most collectors still chose proof examples over the mint state circulation strikes. This one is well struck and with good luster. It is the second finest known example and a dandy. One of many coins in this long series that requires a long hunt to find in nice gem condition.

Expert Comments

David Akers: This is the second lowest mintage issue of the series with only 138,000 pieces struck. Not surprisingly, mint state specimens, particularly Choice and Very Choice ones, are very scarce, if not rare. Examples [in Gem condition] are definitely rare and very difficult to find...

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 138,000 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
45+
900
50+
1,050
53+
1,200
55+
1,500
58+
1,675
1
60
1,750
1
62+
2,150
63+
2,950
64+
4,650
65+
7,600
1
66+
41,500
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 19 / 74 TIE 19 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 51 / 74 TIE 51 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade Bowers & Merena 8/2006:3401 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3243, $41,687.50
2 MS66 PCGS grade Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS65 PCGS grade Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 5/2007:1163, $6,325 - Heritage 3/2008:716, $5,462.50