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...
Dale Friend, sold privately on 9/25/2002 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3187, $54,625
Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98548 - Stack's/Bowers 7/2015:4413, $14,100 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20066, $11,162.50