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1901-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
6491
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
847,044
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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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 2,000 R-4.6 19 / 74 TIE 19 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 140 R-7.6 9 / 74 TIE 9 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 40 R-8.7 16 / 74 TIE 16 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,000
60 or Better 140
65 or Better 40
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-7.6
65 or Better R-8.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 9 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 74 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 19 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 9 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 16 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6491 (MS) 67+

San Francisco Mint - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:821 - David Akers 1/2004 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3202, $86,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4084, $51,700

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4228, $34,500 - Heritage 7/2009:1135, $54,625 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11461, $34,500 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 8/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30559 , $30,550

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6491 (MS) 66

David Lawrence Rare Coins - Dr. & Mrs. Peter K. Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5401, $18,800 - “Perfection 9” Collection

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3888, $48,875

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor Collection - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 2/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98553, $15,275

4 MS67 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2093, $35,200

7 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2004:6720, $21,850

7 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:6338, $16,100 - Heritage 1/2006:3198, $13,800 - Heritage 1/2007:996, $16,100 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2494, $13,225

7 MS65 PCGS grade

Michael Casper Collection - Heritage 8/2006:5263, $15,525 - Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7209, $14,950


 
	PCGS #6491 (MS) 67+ 
#1 MS67+ PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint - S. Benton Emery - Walter P. Nichols - Bowers & Merena 11/1984:821 - David Akers 1/2004 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3202, $86,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4084, $51,700

#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4228, $34,500 - Heritage 7/2009:1135, $54,625 - Stack’s/Bowers 8/2012:11461, $34,500 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 8/2012 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30559 , $30,550

 
	PCGS #6491 (MS) 66 
#4 MS66 PCGS grade

David Lawrence Rare Coins - Dr. & Mrs. Peter K. Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5401, $18,800 - “Perfection 9” Collection

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3888, $48,875

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven Duckor Collection - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 2/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98553, $15,275

#4 MS67 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2093, $35,200

#7 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2004:6720, $21,850

#7 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2005:6338, $16,100 - Heritage 1/2006:3198, $13,800 - Heritage 1/2007:996, $16,100 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2494, $13,225

#7 MS65 PCGS grade

Michael Casper Collection - Heritage 8/2006:5263, $15,525 - Oliver Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7209, $14,950


Ron Guth:

The 1901-S Half Dollar is a semi-scarce issue that is popular in all grades. David Akers compared this date to the 1901-O, so let's see how the comparison holds up. There are actually more certified 1901-S Half Dollars floating around than 1901-O's. There are fewer Mint State 1901-S Half Dollars, too, but they tend to be nicer than the Mint State 1901-O's -- probably because the strike quality on the 1901-S is usually much stronger. For instance, there are more MS65, MS66, and MS67 examples of the 1901-S than there are of the 1901-O. Nonetheless, 1901-S Half Dollars tend to bring more than 1901-O's. The finest 1901-S is a coin that has a pedigree stretching all the way back to the year of issue. When that coin sold as part of the Dr. Duckor collection of Barber Half Dollars, it set a record price of $86,250.

David Akers: This is one of the most famous and well known issues of the series due, in large part, to the rarity and popularity of the Quarter of the same date and mint. However, this issue is sufficiently rare to stand entirely on its own merit, and ironically, it is even more rare in Gem condition than the Quarter. Like the 1901-O..., to which it compares very favorably in terms of overall rarity, the 1901-S Half Dollar is probably solidly in the top ten or so issues of the series in terms of both population rarity and condition rarity. Gems are exceptionally difficult to find (the Eliasberg coin and the Emery-Nichols example being the most notable exceptions), and even Choice and Very Choice Uncirculated examples must be considered to be very rare.