1893-O 50C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 19806492
PCGS#: 6466

Owner's Comments

Laibstain. Beautiful and colorful toning over good luster. A coin that often comes very weakly struck, but strikes run the gamut up to well struck. The Dale Friend collection had a coin that was a very strong strike, for example. Not a common coin in gem, only three are graded at MS 66, making this one tied for finest known. For comparison, the example from the Duckor collection has a softer strike, particularly in the eagle's left talon area, but gorgeous original toning and nice luster. The third known MS 66 example, from the Hugon Collection, was described as proof-like. For 1893 one notices a considerable drop in available mint state coins available from the previous year, the 92-O. This is one of many very tough coins to find in original gem and better condition in the Barber Half Dollar series. This date in MS 66 only comes up rarely for sale or auction.

Expert Comments

David Akers: The 1893-O is scarce, but not really rare in the lower Uncirculated grades. That is, in Choice Uncirculated or lower grades, specimens can generally be located with a little searching. However, in Gem Uncirculated condition, the situation changes dramatically and only a very few such specimens are known...

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,389,000 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
1
30
2
3
31
4
25
230
10
45+
405
1
50+
430
53+
455
55+
490
58+
575
62+
1,075
63+
1,700
1
64+
2,900
1
65+
12,500

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 1,250 R-4.9 4 / 74 TIE 4 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 3 / 74 TIE 3 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

James A. Stack - Stack's 3/1975:574 - Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:128 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3177, $20,700

1 MS66 PCGS grade John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4203, $23,000
1 MS66 PCGS grade   Heritage 1/2005:6312, $14,950
4 MS65 PCGS grade   Larry Shepherd - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2929, $8,625
4 MS65 PCGS grade   Heritage 4/2002:6660, $6,440