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1903-S 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 #:
6497
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
1,920,772
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 50 R-8.5 29 / 74 TIE 29 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,500
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 50
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-8.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 30 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 29 / 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 29 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint - J.M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2099, $18,700

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/1984:827 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4234 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5405, $23,500

2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:159, $26,400 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3208, $18,975 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98529, $17,625

4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2014:4776, $10,281.25 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:206, $12,337.50

5 MS66 PCGS grade

Harold April 12/1965 - James Bennett Pryor - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:290 - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3893, $11,500


5 MS66 PCGS grade

Srotag Complete Barber Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade

San Francisco Mint - J.M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2099, $18,700

#2 MS67 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/1984:827 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4234 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5405, $23,500

MS67 PCGS grade #2 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:159, $26,400 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3208, $18,975 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98529, $17,625

#4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2014:4776, $10,281.25 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 7/2017:206, $12,337.50

#5 MS66 PCGS grade

Harold April 12/1965 - James Bennett Pryor - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:290 - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3893, $11,500


#5 MS66 PCGS grade

Srotag Complete Barber Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 PCGS grade
David Akers: The 1903-S Barber Half Dollar is a very scarce date in any mint state grade, but it can be located with only a moderate amount of difficulty in grades below Gem condition. However, Gems are very rare...
Ron Guth:

The 1903-S Half Dollar is a typical date in the series -- not particularly rare; affordable; and easy to find in most grades. In terms of production quality, two issues will vex the collector: the strike is sometimes weak on the upper right corner of the shield and on the eagle's wing in that area; and, on many examples, particularly those in high grade, roller marks can be seen on one or both sides. Roller marks arise from the planchet manufacturing process. To produce planchets, bars and strips of silver are squeezed between rollers until they reach the proper thickness. Any defects or wear lines on the rollers will transfer to the metal itself. If, during the striking process, the pressure is set too low, the transferred lines and defects will not be obliterated. Not all 1903-S Half Dollars have roller marks, and some of the best examples have them. Not unexpectedly, the coins with roller marks will often have a weaker-than-optimum strike. Given the option (assuming it is even available), collectors should choose fully-struck examples as free of roller marks as possible.

The finest 1903-S Half Dollar is the PCGS MS68 example from the Eliasberg Collection (there catalogued as a raw MS66). Collector J.M. Clapp obtained the coin directly from the San Francsico Mint in 1903.