1894 50C MS66

CERTIFICATION#: 19806494
PCGS#: 6468

Owner's Comments

Laibstain. Duckor/Friend. Picked up directly from the Dale Friend set at auction. This coin has been owned by three collectors that have been involved with the PCGS registry set for many years, and all three have put together gem sets of Barber Half Dollars. This coin serves as an interesting link between the three sets and was a coin traded by Steve Duckor to Dale Friend to help Steve improve his set to the level he did. We are proud to be current holders of this coin in the set. Only two finer examples, one was the coin Dale sold Steve which then sold at the auction of the set of Steve Duckor. As expected, the 1894 comes well-struck. Not an easy coin to find in gem or better. David Lawrence once remarked that the 1894 half in circulated condition is quite a bit more difficult to find than most realize and he once challenged Barber Collectors to try to put together a roll in G condition in a year, as he didn't think it could be done. I never tried, but realized that the date isn't seen as often as one would think. This date also is the 100th anniversary of the first federally struck half dollars.

Expert Comments

David Akers: All grades considered, this is one of the more common issues of the decade...

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,148,000 (coinking800) Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
20
3
21
1
10
77
9
45+
330
50+
353
53
365
12
53+
370
55+
402
58+
464
62+
950
63+
1,150
64+
1,975
1
65+
4,150
1
66+
9,000
7
67+
45,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 3,000 R-4.4 40 / 74 TIE 40 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 49 / 74 TIE 49 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 65 R-8.3 44 / 74 TIE 44 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade Heritage 1/2005:30222, $20,700 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3179, $46,000
2 MS67 PCGS grade  

Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7203, $29,900

3 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade Dr. Steven Duckor - Dale Friend
4 MS66 PCGS grade