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1901-O 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6490
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
1,124,000
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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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 100 R-8.0 3 / 74 3 / 74
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 5 / 74 TIE 5 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,250
60 or Better 100
65 or Better 25
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.9
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better R-9.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 4 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 3 / 74
65 or Better 5 / 74 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 4 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 3 / 74
65 or Better 5 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Stack's 5/1961:1196 - Stack's 1/1991:1196 - David Akers, sold privately on 2/2/1994 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3201, $63,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3292, $64,625

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3887, $23,000

3 MS66 PCGS grade

James A. Stack Collection - Stack's 3/1975:602 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1344, $32,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30558, $21,150

4 MS65+ PCGS grade

J.M. Clapp Collection, purchased directly from the New Orleans Mint in 9/1901 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers and Merena 4/1997:2092 - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5400, $12,925

5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2008:1706, $11,627.65

5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 estimated grade

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:4617, $11,750

9 MS64+ estimated grade

Heritage 8/2011:7207, not sold

9 MS64+ PCGS grade
#1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Stack's 5/1961:1196 - Stack's 1/1991:1196 - David Akers, sold privately on 2/2/1994 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Barber Half Dollar Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3201, $63,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3292, $64,625

#2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3887, $23,000

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

James A. Stack Collection - Stack's 3/1975:602 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1344, $32,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30558, $21,150

#4 MS65+ PCGS grade

J.M. Clapp Collection, purchased directly from the New Orleans Mint in 9/1901 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers and Merena 4/1997:2092 - Dr. Peter and Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5400, $12,925

#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2008:1706, $11,627.65

#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 estimated grade

Donald E. Bently Collection - Heritage 1/2014:4617, $11,750

#9 MS64+ estimated grade

Heritage 8/2011:7207, not sold

#9 MS64+ PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In terms of relative rarity, the 1901-O Half Dollar is one of the tougher dates in the series. It is notorious for being weakly struck, especially on the upper right shield and the adjacent feathers on the reverse. This area is opposite Liberty's puffy cheek and mouth, both of which can also show mushy details. As scarce as circulated pieces can be, Mint State 1901-O Half Dollars appear on the market with regular frequency, usually in MS62 to MS63. Gems are very rare. One of the most outstanding examples is the well-pedigreed PCGS MS67+ that was once owned by Dr. Steven Duckor, a recognized specialist in this series.

David Akers: The 1901-O Barber Half Dollar is one of the premier issues in the Barber Half Dollar series and, in fact, there are some experts who have expressed their opinion that it may well be the rarest in the entire series after the Micro O variety of 1892. Personally, I feel there are some other issues in the series that are more rare, but it is undoubtedly the case that the 1901-O is solidly in the top ten issues of the series with respect to both population rarity and condition rarity.