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1908-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
6515
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
1,644,828
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 PCGS MS67
1 PCGS MS67
3 PCGS MS66 PCGS #6515 (MS)     66

David Akers 6/1992 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3226, $8,050

3 PCGS MS66

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

3 PCGS MS66

Heritage Galleries - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3902, $10,350

3 PCGS MS66

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4252, $10,925

7 MS66 estimated grade
8 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2009:2953, $4,025

8 MS65 PCGS grade
8 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 PCGS MS67
#1 PCGS MS67
PCGS #6515 (MS)     66 #3 PCGS MS66

David Akers 6/1992 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3226, $8,050

#3 PCGS MS66

Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

#3 PCGS MS66

Heritage Galleries - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3902, $10,350

#3 PCGS MS66

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4252, $10,925

#7 MS66 estimated grade
#8 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2009:2953, $4,025

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

Among later-date Barber Half Dollars, the 1908-S is a real standout. According to the PCGS Population Report, it has the lowest overall population of any date since 1905. The same is true of the Mint State populations, which are all very low relative to the surrounding dates. Gems are rare but, fortunately, there is a handful of examples at the MS65 and MS66 levels. MS67 examples are exceedingly rare. As illustrated above, most of the top-quality examples are toned to some degree, usually in impressive arrays of different colors, and their eye appeal is overwhelmingly positive.

The strike quality on 1908-S Half Dollars is usually good with these occasional exceptions: 1) softness on the upper-right corner of the shield and the adjacent feathers and 2) roller-marks (actually draw marks) which were not crushed out completely when the coins were struck. Unless obvious or distracting, either of these conditions should affect the value to only a small degree.

David Akers: Even by Barber Half Dollar standards, this issue is very underrated. In Gem condition, it is very close in rarity to the 1907-S, which in recent years has been touted, and correctly so, as being a very rare issue. However, for some reason the 1908-S has usually been overlooked and has seldom, if ever, received mention as being an issue of any particular significance or rarity. Actually, it is very difficult to find in any mint state grade, even the lower ones, and Gems are very rare.