1899-S 50C MS66+

CERTIFICATION#: 19806511
PCGS#: 6485

Owner's Comments

Whitlow. Very lustrous coin with nice peripheral toning and excellent strike, typical for an S-mint Barber half. A very nice example and only bettered by three coins. One of the issues that was heavily exported to the Philippines, and many saw circulation. The highest graded is an MS 68. Not at all an easy coin to find in gem or above. Knowing the history of the individual issues in the series helps create an appreciation for the rarity of these coins remaining in gem and better condition. The United States went through a lot of changes from the beginning of the production of Barber coins in 1892, up to the ceasing of production of the halves in 1915 and the quarters and dimes the following year.

Expert Comments

David Akers: In terms of overall rarity, the 1899-S is considerably more rare than the 1899-O, although at the Gem level, the two issues are roughly comparable. In Choice Uncirculated and lower grades, this issue can be located with only a moderate amount of difficulty but, in Gem condition, the 1899-S is very rare with probably no more than 20-25 examples known.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,686,411 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
1
1
2
20
1
3
21
1
25
190
18
45+
435
50+
500
53+
550
55+
625
58+
725
60
850
2
61
975
62+
1,475
63+
2,650
64+
4,200
65+
6,900
1
66+
11,500
1
67+
27,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,750 R-4.4 40 / 74 TIE 40 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 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  

Heritage 1/1999:6784, $17,825 - Heritage 6/2004:6090 - Belle Glade Collection - Heritage 8/2006:5262, $40,250 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98552, $44,062.50

2 MS67 PCGS grade David Akers 8/1995 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3196, $14,950
2 MS67 PCGS grade   John C. Hugon - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3883, $15,525 - Heritage 7/2009:1134, $13,225
4 MS66+ PCGS grade Larry Whitlow - Dr. Peter Shireman
5 MS66 PCGS grade