1901-S 50C AU55

CERTIFICATION#: 26201034
PCGS#: 6491

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers: This is one of the most famous and well known issues of the series due, in large part, to the rarity and popularity of the Quarter of the same date and mint. However, this issue is sufficiently rare to stand entirely on its own merit, and ironically, it is even more rare in Gem condition than the Quarter. Like the 1901-O..., to which it compares very favorably in terms of overall rarity, the 1901-S Half Dollar is probably solidly in the top ten or so issues of the series in terms of both population rarity and condition rarity. Gems are exceptionally difficult to find (the Eliasberg coin and the Emery-Nichols example being the most notable exceptions), and even Choice and Very Choice Uncirculated examples must be considered to be very rare.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 847,044 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
23
45+
1,450
50+
1,800
53+
2,100
55+
2,450
58+
2,750
62+
4,100
63+
6,700
64+
11,000
65+
17,000
66+
26,000
67+
85,000
1

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 140 R-7.6 9 / 74 TIE 9 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:821 - David Akers 1/2004 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3202, $86,250

2 MS67 PCGS grade  

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4228, $34,500 - Heritage 7/2009:1135, $54,625 (plate-matched to the following) - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11461, $34,500

3 MS66 PCGS grade David Lawrence - Dr. Peter Shireman
3 MS66 PCGS grade   Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3888, $48,875
3 MS66 PCGS grade