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1893-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6467
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
740,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,500 R-4.8 11 / 74 TIE 11 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 125 R-7.7 8 / 74 8 / 74
65 or Better 15 R-9.3 2 / 74 2 / 74
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,500
60 or Better 125
65 or Better 15
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.8
60 or Better R-7.7
65 or Better R-9.3
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 11 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 74
65 or Better 2 / 74
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 11 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 74
65 or Better 2 / 74

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
	MS66 PCGS grade

Joel Rettew, sold privately in 2/1976 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:257, $16,500 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3178, $29,900 - Heritage 9/2011:4048, $29,900 - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Larry Shepherd, sold privately - Bowers & Merena 1/2002:488, $20,125 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately in 1/8/2002 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5385, $16,450 - D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4//2010:956 - Heritage 8/2016:4116, $15,275

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 6/2014:801, $18,213

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2015:3134, $12,925

3 MS65 PCGS grade

David Lawrence, sold privately in 4/2002 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98545, $17,625

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine Price - Akers 5/1998:129 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4204, $17,365

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3869, $29,900 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4071, $17,625

3 MS65 PCGS grade
10 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2009:1655, $6,900

 
	MS66 PCGS grade 
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Joel Rettew, sold privately in 2/1976 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:257, $16,500 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3178, $29,900 - Heritage 9/2011:4048, $29,900 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Larry Shepherd, sold privately - Bowers & Merena 1/2002:488, $20,125 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately in 1/8/2002 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5385, $16,450 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4//2010:956 - Heritage 8/2016:4116, $15,275

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Goldbergs 6/2014:801, $18,213

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2015:3134, $12,925

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

David Lawrence, sold privately in 4/2002 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98545, $17,625

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine Price - Akers 5/1998:129 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4204, $17,365

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3869, $29,900 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4071, $17,625

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
MS64 PCGS grade #10 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2009:1655, $6,900

Ron Guth:

Over thirty years of grading experience has given us a different view of the 1893-S Half Dollar than that shared by previous writers. For instance, there are almost twice as many PCGS-certified Mint State 1893-S Half Dollars than 1893-S Dollars. The same is true for Gem examples (MS65 or better). Of course, the 1893-S Dollar remains the star of the Morgan Dollar series and the price reflects both the rarity and the popularity of that date.

To its credit, the 1893-S Half Dollar is a great date in the series. It is more difficult to obtain in Mint State that many of the other dates from the 1890's. Even better, it usually comes with a bold strike. Luster ranges from frosty and creamy to bright and chrome-like. MS63 and MS64 appear to be the most common grades for this date. Gems are very scarce and none are known above MS66.

David Akers: In Gem condition, the 1893-S is one of the rarest issues in the entire Barber Half Dollar series and only a few such specimens are known... Lower quality mint state examples can be located with only a moderate amount of effort, but it is unequivocally the case that, in Gem Uncirculated condition, the 1893-S Half Dollar is much more rare than the highly prized Silver Dollar of the same date and mint.