1905-S 50C VF30

CERTIFICATION#: 26427191
PCGS#: 6503

Owner's Comments

Extremely scarce in all grades, R4.6.

Expert Comments

David Akers: This is one of those Barber Half Dollar issues that has never received the respect it deserves considering its high overall rarity. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is a high mintage issue, and for many years mintage figures were all that people looked at when trying to determine rarity. However, we have now learned that mintage figures and overall rarity are not always directly related, and often have absolutely nothing to do with one another. The 1905-S Half Dollar is a case in point. The mintage is just under 2,500,000 pieces and yet in any mint state grade the issue is a rare one and Gems are very rare.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,494,000 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
20
3
19
2
4
23
1
6
28
4
45+
315
50+
385
53
425
10
53+
435
55+
495
58+
625
60
750
62+
1,350
63+
2,250
64+
4,000
65+
7,600
66+
12,500

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 50 R-8.5 29 / 74 TIE 29 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:165 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3214, $17,250
1 MS67 PCGS grade   Heritage 2/2007:3553, $26,450
1 MS67 PCGS grade  

Purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint, November 1905 by J. M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena 5/1997:2105, $23,100 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4240, $32,200

4 MS66 PCGS grade   Heritage 7/2008:610, $9,200
4 MS66 PCGS grade   Pinnacle Rarities - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3897, $9,200