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1911-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 #:
6523
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
1,272,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die 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 3,500 R-4.3 46 / 74 TIE 46 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 12 / 74 TIE 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 80 R-8.2 46 / 74 TIE 46 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,500
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 80
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.3
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-8.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 46 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 46 / 74 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 46 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 46 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Dr. E. Yale Clarke Collection - Stack's 10/1975:422 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:823, $14,950 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4260, $21,275 - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 2/2007 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3234, $37,375 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4095, $42,300

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 5/2003) - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98566, $5,581.25 - Goldbergs 6/2015:1342, $9,106.25 - D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS66 PCGS grade

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3908, $6,325

3 MS66 PCGS grade Numismatic Enterprises 2/1966 - James Bennett Pryor - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:316 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor - Heritage 5/2007:858, $5,750
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 PCGS grade

Emery-Nichols - Heritage 11/2006:874, $6,325 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

3 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS66 estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2125, $9,900 - Heritage 6/2005:6385, $9,200 - Heritage 10/2005:24447, $11,212,50 - Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:712, $16,100

3 MS66 estimated grade
MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Dr. E. Yale Clarke Collection - Stack's 10/1975:422 - Queller Family Collection - Stack's 10/2002:823, $14,950 - John C. Hugon Collection - Heritage 1/2005:4260, $21,275 - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 2/2007 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3234, $37,375 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4095, $42,300

#2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 5/2003) - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98566, $5,581.25 - Goldbergs 6/2015:1342, $9,106.25 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Dennis Nagy - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3908, $6,325

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
Numismatic Enterprises 2/1966 - James Bennett Pryor - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:316 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor - Heritage 5/2007:858, $5,750
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 PCGS grade

Emery-Nichols - Heritage 11/2006:874, $6,325 - Harry Laibstain - Dr. Peter Shireman

#3 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS66 estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2125, $9,900 - Heritage 6/2005:6385, $9,200 - Heritage 10/2005:24447, $11,212,50 - Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:712, $16,100

#3 MS66 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

The 1911-S Half Dollar is a scarce, popular issue. In grades of MS66 and better, it is a true condition-rarity. Only a half dozen MS66's are known and only a single MS67 has been graded by PCGS - no other S-Mint date since 1900 can claim fewer MS67's. Despite the extreme rarity of top-end coins, the 1911-S appears to be a great value. In its last appearance in 2015, the sole PCGS MS67+ sold for $42,300 -- a record price for the date, but not for the series.

In general, the 1911-S Half Dollar is well-made and comes with a strong strike.

David Akers: This is a very scarce and underrated issue in all mint state grades, and a rare one in Gem. It is significantly more rare in Gem condition than the 1910-S, and it is actually very nearly in the same rarity class as the 1906-1908 San Francisco Mint issues.