1908-S 50C MS66+

CERTIFICATION#: 19806541
PCGS#: 6515

Owner's Comments

Laibstain. Nicely struck, good luster with overall pleasing toning. This date sometimes comes with a soft or mushy strike. A difficult date, often underappreciated compared to the 07-S, but the 08-S really is a better date. Only two finer known at present.

Expert Comments

David Akers: Even by Barber Half Dollar standards, this issue is very underrated. In Gem condition, it is very close in rarity to the 1907-S, which in recent years has been touted, and correctly so, as being a very rare issue. However, for some reason the 1908-S has usually been overlooked and has seldom, if ever, received mention as being an issue of any particular significance or rarity. Actually, it is very difficult to find in any mint state grade, even the lower ones, and Gems are very rare.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,644,828 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
21
3
20
2
4
28
1
45+
500
50+
675
53+
825
55+
925
58+
1,050
60
1,150
1
62+
1,750
63+
2,500
64+
4,000
65+
6,000
66+
11,000
1
67
18,500
2

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 PCGS MS67  
1 PCGS MS67  
3 PCGS MS66 David Akers 6/1992 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3226, $8,050
3 PCGS MS66   Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman
3 PCGS MS66   Heritage Galleries - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3902, $10,350