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1908 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 #:
6512
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
1,354,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC 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 3,500 R-4.3 46 / 74 TIE 46 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 400 R-6.2 49 / 74 TIE 49 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 51 / 74 TIE 51 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,500
60 or Better 400
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.3
60 or Better R-6.2
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 46 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 49 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 51 / 74 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 46 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 49 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 51 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5413, $21,150

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
	MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2003:5973 - Stewart Blay Collection, sold privately in 4/2004 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3223, $18,400 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4093, $12,925 - Heritage 6/2017:3682, $14,100

1 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6512 (MS) 66

“Andrew12173” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:174 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4249, $5,175 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately in 10/2007 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98560, $8,225

4 MS66 PCGS grade

Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:697, $3,881.25

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5413, $21,150

 
	MS67 PCGS grade 
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2003:5973 - Stewart Blay Collection, sold privately in 4/2004 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3223, $18,400 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4093, $12,925 - Heritage 6/2017:3682, $14,100

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #6512 (MS) 66 
#4 MS66 PCGS grade

“Andrew12173” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:174 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4249, $5,175 - Harry Laibstain, sold privately in 10/2007 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98560, $8,225

#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:697, $3,881.25

#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1908 Half Dollar is a surprisingly scarce date. It is almost twice as rare as the 1907 in Mint State and it is far less available than the 1909. The bulk of the Mint State population of the 1908 rests around the MS64 level, indicating that the quality of the surviving examples is quite high. Part of this is due to the strong strike quality of this date, a general minimizing of bagmarks in transport, and, of course, the care with which collectors have preserved their coins. Approximately a dozen examples are known in MS66 above, with none known above MS67. As is oftne the case with many high-end Barber Half Dollars, the names Hugon, Price, Shireman, and Duckor figure prominently (these are all collectors who assembled superb collections of Barber Half Dollars, often with the assistance of the late David Akers, a dealer with one of the best "eyes" in the business).

David Akers: This is a distinctly underrated issue, at least in comparison to the Philadelphia Mint issues of 1906 and 1907 with which it is generally associated as far as rarity is concerned. Actually, the 1908 is considerably more rare than either of those two dates when one considers all available grades, although in Gem condition, they are rather similar.