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1898-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6482
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
2,358,550
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 2,500 R-4.5 30 / 74 TIE 30 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 9 / 74 TIE 9 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,500
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 30
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-8.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 30 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 9 / 74 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 30 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 9 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

David Akers, sold privately on 11/12/1992 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3193, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4078, $19,975 - “Perfection 9” Collection

1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2003:7878, $8,625 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5395, $12,925

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Norweb Family - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3616 - Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/98:144 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4219, $14,375

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Joseph O'Connor, sold privately on 6/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30556, $9,693.75

3 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
7 MS65+ PCGS grade

Cincinnati Collection - offered by Harlan Berk in 5/2015 for $10,250 - Heritage 10/2015:3287, $8,225

8 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2004:6123, $7,015

8 MS65 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3881, $10,350 - Elbesaar Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7206, $9,775

8 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

David Akers, sold privately on 11/12/1992 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3193, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4078, $19,975 - “Perfection 9” Collection

 
	MS66+ PCGS grade 
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

MS66 PCGS grade #3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2003:7878, $8,625 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5395, $12,925

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Norweb Family - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3616 - Dr. Thaine Price - David Akers 5/98:144 - John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4219, $14,375

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Joseph O'Connor, sold privately on 6/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30556, $9,693.75

MS66 PCGS grade #3 MS66 PCGS grade
#7 MS65+ PCGS grade

Cincinnati Collection - offered by Harlan Berk in 5/2015 for $10,250 - Heritage 10/2015:3287, $8,225

#8 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2004:6123, $7,015

#8 MS65 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3881, $10,350 - Elbesaar Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7206, $9,775

#8 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1898-S Half Dollar is a mid-range rarity in the series. Out of the 74 Barber Half Dollar dates, the 1898-S ranks as 30th rarest in all grades. This puts it on par with the 1892-S, 1896, 1903-S, 1906-S, and 1907-S Half Dollars. MS64 is the most frequently-seen grade, and MS64 examples show up in the market with reliable regularity. In grades of MS65 and higher, this is a real tough date, and it is one of the few dates in the series which shows no MS67 or better examples (this may be because of the remote location of the San Francisco Mint from the collecting centers of the East).

The strike quality of the 1898-S Half Dollars is usually excellent. Almost all of the top-graded 1898-S Half Dollars are toned to some degree, which adds to their eye appeal and originality.

David Akers: Like the 1898-O, this is a very underrated issue, especially in...Gem condition...