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Coins Certified as of 9/2

My Coin #19806502

1896-S 50C MS65

CERTIFICATION#: 19806502
PCGS#: 6476

Owner's Comments

Laibstain. Pryor. James Pryor built a set of half dollars spanning the 1794 issue to the Franklin series. His Barber halves included some extremely nice examples, such as this one. Very nice coin and well struck. Very tough to find nicer. Many examples have prominent roller marks across the cheek; this is a feature that is mint-caused, but we try to avoid coins with this feature, if we can. Has been known as a key date in Barber Halves for a very long time. Having only five others graded at gem MS 65 and only six finer, attests to the true rarity of this date. Also a great date in the circulated set in anything nicer than VG10. As an S-mint coin, it typcially comes well struck and tends to be lustrous as is this example. By far the nicest example we have seen is the Steve Duckor example that he purchased from Dale Friend.

Expert Comments

David Akers: Although not quite as rare as the 1896-O..., the 1896-S is, nevertheless, one of the most desirable and rarest issues in the series. Even in the circulated grades, this issue is a relatively valuable one, at least in comparison to other Barber Half issues, and in all mint state grades it is rare. At the Very Choice and Gem Uncirculated grade levels, the 1896-S is very rare and almost never available except when great collections like the Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection are sold...

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,140,948 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
1
29
1
45+
1,050
50+
1,550
53+
1,750
55+
2,050
58+
2,500
61
2,850
62+
3,050
63+
3,700
64+
5,900
1
65+
9,900
66+
23,500
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 40 R-8.7 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade Dale Friend 9/2002 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3187, $54,625
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
Purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint in August 1896 by J. M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate, 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2078, $8,250 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4213, $13,800
2 MS66 PCGS grade   Heritage 1/2008:2894, $16,100
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade