PCGS: The Standard for the Rare Coin Industry

1893-O 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6466
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
1,389,000
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

HideShow Plus+ Grades
Hide eBay

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image 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

Heritage 1/2005:4203 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3276, $12,925 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3140, $9,400

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2015:3149, $18,800 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:315, not sold

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:6312, $14,950 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 6/3/2005 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5384, $11,162.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade

U.S. Coins, sold privately in 11/2007 - Heritage 2/2015:3133, $14,000

6 MS65 PCGS grade

Larry Shepherd - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2929, $8,625

6 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2002:6660, $6,440

6 MS65 PCGS grade
6 MS65 PCGS grade
10 MS64+ PCGS grade
#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

Heritage 1/2005:4203 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3276, $12,925 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:3140, $9,400

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2015:3149, $18,800 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2016:315, not sold

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:6312, $14,950 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 6/3/2005 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5384, $11,162.50

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

U.S. Coins, sold privately in 11/2007 - Heritage 2/2015:3133, $14,000

#6 MS65 PCGS grade

Larry Shepherd - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2929, $8,625

#6 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2002:6660, $6,440

#6 MS65 PCGS grade
#6 MS65 PCGS grade
#10 MS64+ PCGS grade
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...
Ron Guth:

David Akers' assessment of this date was correct in that Gems are truly scarce. Perhaps a few more individual examples have shown up since he wrote about this date, but no super-Gems (MS-67 or better) have appeared in the intervening years. The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census is evenly split between MS65 and MS66 examples (with the latter enumerated above).

Like many coins from the New Orleans Mint, these are sometimes prone to a weak strike. Flatness can occur on Liberty's lips, forecurls, and along the hairline around her face. On the reverse, the viewer's right side of the shield and adjacent feathers can be soft, as well as the talon and tail feathers on the same side (the Price/Duckor PCGS MS66 is one such example). Some examples show a strong strike, but none are fully struck (one of the best-detailed 1893-O Half Dollars is the PCGS MS66 from the Heritage 2/2015 sale, lot 3133).