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Coins Certified as of 8/27

My Coin #16398760

1895 50C MS66+

CERTIFICATION#: 16398760
PCGS#: 6471

Owner's Comments

Price/CAC

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Most of the Barber Halves of the 1890s are of similar rarity, at least in terms of the number of certified examples.  The 1892 is one big exception where the population is excessively high due to the fact that collectors hoarded the first year of issue.  The 1895 is fairly plentiful in Mint State, but most examples grade out at MS63.  In MS66 and better grades, this date is very rare, with only a few examples available to collectors.

The luster on 1895 Half Dollars is usually frosty, and most examples show a good to a strong strike.

David Akers: This issue is definitely not the common date it is generally thought to be, and in full Gem condition...it is surprisingly rare. Most great Barber Half Dollar collections of the past (cf. Norweb, Emery-Nichols, Eliasberg) contained proofs, not mint state business strikes, of the P Mint issue since the Proofs were always considered "better" and thus more desirable than the Uncirculated pieces to old-time collectors.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,834,338 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 50 / 74 TIE 50 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 49 / 74 TIE 49 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 80 R-8.2 46 / 74 TIE 46 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:133, $3,850 - The Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3182, $12,650 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4073, $8,225

2 MS66+ PCGS grade John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4208, $6,037.50 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

New England Museum - Stack's/Bowers 5/2013:436, $23,500

5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Bill Nagle, sold privately in 5/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30551, $4,993.75