PCGS: The Standard for the Rare Coin Industry

1903 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

View More Images

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6495
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
2,278,000
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 4,000 R-4.2 50 / 74 TIE 50 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 9 / 74 TIE 9 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 4,000
60 or Better 250
65 or Better 30
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.2
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better R-8.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 50 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 9 / 74 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 50 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 9 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6495 (MS) 66

Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5404, $8,812.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6495 (MS) 66

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:157, $18,700 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3206, $12,650 - “Perfection 9” Collection

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3891, $13,800 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3294, $8,812.50

1 MS66 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 9/2007 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98527, $12,925

1 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade

John  C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4232, $13,225 - Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:678, $8,625 - Heritage 7/2008:605, $7,762.50

7 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1336, $8,225

7 MS65 PCGS grade

“Tacoma” Collection

7 MS65 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #6495 (MS) 66 
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5404, $8,812.50

 
	PCGS #6495 (MS) 66 
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:157, $18,700 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3206, $12,650 - “Perfection 9” Collection

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3891, $13,800 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3294, $8,812.50

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 9/2007 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98527, $12,925

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS65+ PCGS grade #6 MS65+ PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade

John  C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4232, $13,225 - Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:678, $8,625 - Heritage 7/2008:605, $7,762.50

#7 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 6/2013:1336, $8,225

#7 MS65 PCGS grade

“Tacoma” Collection

#7 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1903 Half Dollar is not as common as some of the other dates in the series, but it is hard to call it underrated with the information we have from the Population Reports. The 1903 Half Dollar is readily available in Mint State, especially in MS64. The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at MS65 (indicative of the overall quality of this date), and tops out at MS67. The strike on 1903 Half Dollars is strong in general, but finding an example with full horiozontal lines in the shield can be a real challenge. The finest 1903 Half Dollars hail from the usual array of big-name Barber collectors: Price, Friend, Duckor, and Shireman. These collections have all been dispersed, so new collectors have an opportunity to upgrade and improve their holdings.

David Akers: In my estimation, this is one of the most underrated issues in this series. Mintage figures give no indication whatsoever of its true rarity since 2,278,000 pieces were struck, hardly a low figure. However, in any mint state grade, a 1903 Barber Half Dollar is very scarce, if not rare, and of the relatively few known mint state specimens, only a handful could legitimately be termed Gems. The 1903 is considerably more rare than most of the popular and highly regarded mintmarked issues of the 1890's, and it is also the rarest of the three issues of 1903, a fact which may surprise all but the serious student of this wonderful series