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1901 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6489
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
4,268,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 5,000 R-4.0 58 / 74 TIE 58 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 55 / 74 TIE 55 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 5,000
60 or Better 500
65 or Better 40
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.0
60 or Better R-6.0
65 or Better R-8.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 58 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 55 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 74 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 58 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 55 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:151 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3200, $27,600

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2009:1384, $5,462.50

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2937, $10,350

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

Heritage 7/2008:602, $3,737.50

7 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2008:705, $4,312.50

MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:151 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3200, $27,600

MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2009:1384, $5,462.50

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2937, $10,350

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

Heritage 7/2008:602, $3,737.50

#7 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2008:705, $4,312.50

Ron Guth:

The 1901 Half Dollar is common in just about every grade in which it is found. The exception, of course, is in the grades of MS66 and MS67 where, like most Barber Halves, this date is very scarce. None are known above MS67. The 1901 is decidedly less common in superb condition than the 1900 and 1902, but it is not nearly as rare as the 1903 -- it more closely mirrors the 1904 and 1905.

The superb Thaine coin (mentioned below by Akers) is currently in a PCGS MS67 holder. It is a remarkable coin, with intense luster and gorgeous color. It's companion is the equally appealing PCGS MS67, formerly of the Shireman Collection.

David Akers: This was one of the last Half Dollar [dates] added to Dr. [Thaine B.] Price's Collection. The reason for this is simple; in years of searching, he was never able to find a really high quality piece with the toning and eye appeal that he wanted. This long search for a Gem 1901 conclusively proved to me what I had long felt to be the case, namely, that this date and the other Philadelphia Mint issues from 1902-1905 are decidedly rare and underrated. They have always been regarded as little more than moderately common issues when, in fact, they are as rare and, in some cases, more rare than some of the popular mintmarked issues of the 1890's and early 1900's that have long been correctly recognized as rarities.