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1915-D 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
6533
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
1,170,400
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 7,000 R-3.6 74 / 74 74 / 74
60 or Better 1,250 R-4.9 73 / 74 73 / 74
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 69 / 74 TIE 69 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 7,000
60 or Better 1,250
65 or Better 200
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-3.6
60 or Better R-4.9
65 or Better R-7.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 74 / 74
60 or Better 73 / 74
65 or Better 69 / 74 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 74 / 74
60 or Better 73 / 74
65 or Better 69 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6533 (MS) 66+

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3665 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:195, $7,150 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3244, $6,900 - Heritage 1/2011:3866, $5,750 - Heritage 1/2016:4163, $6,756.25

1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4162, $4,935 - Heritage 1/2017:4480, $3,995

1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2017:4139, $4,112.50

2 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #6533 (MS)     66
2 MS66 PCGS grade

U.S. Coins - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2970, $4,887.50

2 MS66 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2006:4270, $3,622.50 - Heritage 1/2006:2845, $3,450

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2009:816, $4,600

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2001:780, $2,127.50 - Heritage 7/2002:8238, $2,645

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #6533 (MS) 66+ 
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Norweb Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3665 - Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:195, $7,150 - Dr. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3244, $6,900 - Heritage 1/2011:3866, $5,750 - Heritage 1/2016:4163, $6,756.25

#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4162, $4,935 - Heritage 1/2017:4480, $3,995

 
	MS66+ PCGS grade 
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2017:4139, $4,112.50

PCGS #6533 (MS)     66 #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade

U.S. Coins - Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:2970, $4,887.50

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2006:4270, $3,622.50 - Heritage 1/2006:2845, $3,450

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2009:816, $4,600

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2001:780, $2,127.50 - Heritage 7/2002:8238, $2,645

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
David Akers: This is one of the most common issues in the series, but it is actually common only in the relative sense as that term applies to Barber Half Dollars. In absolute terms, the 1915-D is uncommon in all mint state grades and very scarce in Gem condition. Many Gems I have seen have not been particularly attractive, however, and so when eye appeal and overall appearance are considered along with technical quality (lack of marks etc.), it is apparent that Gems...are quite rare and very desirable.
Ron Guth:

The 1915-D Half Dollar is the second most common date in the series -- only the 1892 is more plentiful. Hundreds of Mint State examples have been certified at the MS63 and MS64 levels. Gems (MS65's) are also plentiful, with scores of examples certified over the past thirty years. Even in MS66, the 1915-D is the second-most plentiful date. Only in MS67 does the 1915-D hit the wall -- not a one of this otherwise common date has earned that lofty grade.

The strike quality of this date may have something to do with the dearth of MS67's. Most examples we've seen are somewhat soft on Liberty's lips and on the upper right shield point and the surrounding feathers.