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1905-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 #:
6503
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
2,494,000
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 2,000 R-4.6 19 / 74 TIE 19 / 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 2,000
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 50
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-8.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 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 19 / 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 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:165 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3214, $17,250 - Goldbergs 6/2014:815, $18,212.50 - Goldbergs 6/2015:1332, $19,387.50

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2007:3553, $26,450 - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13206, $20,563

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint, November 1905 by J. M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena 5/1997:2105, $23,100 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4240, $32,200 - “Perfection” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 11/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98559, $7,050

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3897, $9,200

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2008:610, $9,200

7 MS66 estimated grade

Heritage 6/2005:5763, $17,825 - Heritage 1/2007:1000, $17,825 - Heritage 8/2015:4089, $14,100 - Heritage 3/2016:4917, $8,812.50

8 MS65 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 5/28/1999 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4129 , $6,462.50 - Heritage 1/2017:4457, $9,106.25

8 MS65 PCGS grade
8 MS65 PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:165 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3214, $17,250 - Goldbergs 6/2014:815, $18,212.50 - Goldbergs 6/2015:1332, $19,387.50

#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2007:3553, $26,450 - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13206, $20,563

#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Purchased directly from the San Francisco Mint, November 1905 by J. M. Clapp - John H. Clapp - Clapp Estate 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg - Bowers & Merena 5/1997:2105, $23,100 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4240, $32,200 - “Perfection” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 11/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98559, $7,050

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Pinnacle Rarities - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3897, $9,200

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2008:610, $9,200

#7 MS66 estimated grade

Heritage 6/2005:5763, $17,825 - Heritage 1/2007:1000, $17,825 - Heritage 8/2015:4089, $14,100 - Heritage 3/2016:4917, $8,812.50

#8 MS65 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 5/28/1999 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4129 , $6,462.50 - Heritage 1/2017:4457, $9,106.25

#8 MS65 PCGS grade
#8 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1905-S Half Dollar is a surprisingly scarce date. The overall population of certified examples is larger than the 1905 and slightly larger than the 1905-O, but the number of certified Mint State examples of the 1905-S is far smaller than either the 1905 or the 1905-O. In reality, the 1905-S tracks the much more popular 1904-S in most Mint State grades, yet the 1905-S sells for much less.

The top end of the condition scale includes several MS67 1905-S Half Dollars, all but one of which have crazy, colorful toning. The one exception is the former Price-Duckor PCGS MS67 which displays delicate, golden peripheral toning around frosty white centers. Most 1905-S Half Dollars are struck well.

David Akers: This is one of those Barber Half Dollar issues that has never received the respect it deserves considering its high overall rarity. Perhaps this is due to the fact that it is a high mintage issue, and for many years mintage figures were all that people looked at when trying to determine rarity. However, we have now learned that mintage figures and overall rarity are not always directly related, and often have absolutely nothing to do with one another. The 1905-S Half Dollar is a case in point. The mintage is just under 2,500,000 pieces and yet in any mint state grade the issue is a rare one and Gems are very rare.