1903-S 50C MS67

CERTIFICATION#: 19806523
PCGS#: 6497

Owner's Comments

Laibstain. Hugon. A beautifully toned superb gem that is well struck and matches the coin described in the Emery-Nichols catalog, and considering the limited number of coins in MS 66 and up, this example most likely is from Emery-Nichols. Unfortunately, most coins sold at the time of the Emery-Nichols Sale have either small black and white photographs in the catalog, or no photographs at all. This makes trying to match such coins very difficult. In putting this set together, a few coins have been traced back to important collections, but with no designation on the holder when first obtained. Obtaining specific pedigree information is great fun and is very rewarding to us. Occasionally one can find an expert like David Akers, David Hall, or others who can remember specific coins and link them back to a specific set or auction, and that can be a tremendous help. Only one 1903-S is graded finer at MS 68.

Expert Comments

David Akers: The 1903-S Barber Half Dollar is a very scarce date in any mint state grade, but it can be located with only a moderate amount of difficulty in grades below Gem condition. However, Gems are very rare...

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,920,772 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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20
3
19
1
4
23
45+
500
50+
675
53+
750
55+
825
58+
1,100
62+
1,600
63+
2,400
64+
3,700
65+
7,250
66+
13,500
1
67+
25,000
68
45,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,500 R-4.5 30 / 74 TIE 30 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 29 / 74 TIE 29 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade   Eliasberg
2 MS67 PCGS grade John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4234, $19,550 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman
2 MS67 PCGS grade Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:159 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3208, $18,975
4 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Harold April 12/1965 - James Bennett Pryor - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:290 - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3893, $11,500