1903-O 50C AU58

CERTIFICATION#: 21974051
PCGS#: 6496

Owner's Comments

Expert Comments

David Akers: It has been written elsewhere that the 1903-O Half Dollar is generally poorly struck. However, I must say that in many years of studying Barber Half Dollars and making copious notes on them..., weak striking on the 1903-O Half Dollars is not nearly as commonplace as it is on some other O Mint issues like the 1898-O, 1900-O, 1901-O and 1902-O, for example, as well as the 1904-O and 1905-O. Compared to those issues, the 1903-O is by far the most often well struck. To be sure, some examples are a little weakly struck, but one almost never sees the flat strike on a 1903-O that the other issues typically have, and very sharp ones, like [the Price] specimen and the Eliasberg coin, are seen just as often as weakly struck ones. This issue is more available than the rarities of 1898-O, 1900-O, 1901-O, 1902-O and 1904-O, which are some of the premier issues in the series. However, it is still a rare issue in grades better than Choice Uncirculated, and relatively few exist in Gem condition. At the superb level..., the 1903-O is exceedingly rare.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,100,000 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
20
3
18
4
23
1
10
40
2
45+
370
50+
510
53+
555
55+
650
58+
1,015
61
900
2
62+
1,250
63+
1,500
64+
2,750
2
65+
8,900
1
66+
20,000
67
45,000
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 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 9 / 74 TIE 9 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3630 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:158 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3207, $46,000

2 MS66 PCGS grade   Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3892, $13,800
2 MS66 PCGS grade   Heritage 8/2007:1695, $16,100
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS65+ PCGS grade