1896-O 50C MS65

CERTIFICATION#: 19806501
PCGS#: 6475

Owner's Comments

Bowers and Merena. Toughest date in the series in mint state by latest population reports. We bought this coin directly from Q David Bowers as a retail purchase and we are pleased to have a coin purchased from this giant among coin dealers and writers of fine numismatic works. This coin is nice and original with some focal color and decent strike. A few distinct toning areas on the reverse help to distinguish this coin from other examples of the date. Long recognized as a key date in the series in mint state, examples in gem and up are truly rare. A very tough date and not yet valued as high as the 04-S in equal gem grades. I have owned other examples in MS 64 and many I have seen in MS 64 and above have weak strikes as is sometimes seen for the O-mint products. Would love to know the pedigree of this most important coin.

Expert Comments

David Akers: Among the 74 Barber Half Dollar issues, the 1896-O has long been prized as one of the rarest and most elusive issues. Look over the great auction sales of the past 50 years or so, and I think you will be surprised how seldom the 1896-O has been offered in Gem condition. Such high priced rarities as 1892-S, 1893-S and 1895 Morgan Dollars, and 1921-S Half Dollars have all appeared with far greater regularity in Gem condition than have not only this Barber Half Dollar issue but many of the other issues in this series as well.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 924,000 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
22
45+
1,500
50+
2,200
53+
2,950
55+
7,900
58
10,500
3
62+
6,250
63+
9,000
64+
17,500
65+
26,500
66+
40,000
1
67
75,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,000 R-5.0 2 / 74 TIE 2 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 2 / 74 2 / 74
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 3 / 74 TIE 3 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PCGS MS67  
2 PCGS MS66+

Bowers & Merena "Emery & Nichols Collections 11/1984:806 - David Akers 8/1995 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3186, $37,375

3 PCGS MS66  

Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/1989:137 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4212, $29,900 - Heritage 7/2008:1705, $51,750 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2492, $28,750

4 PCGS MS65   Bowers & Merena - Dr. Peter Shireman
4 PCGS MS65   Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3875, $23,000