1896 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 #:
6474
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
950,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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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 2,500 R-4.5 30 / 74 TIE 30 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 350 R-6.3 47 / 74 TIE 47 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 29 / 74 TIE 29 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,500
60 or Better 350
65 or Better 50
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.5
60 or Better R-6.3
65 or Better R-8.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 30 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 47 / 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 47 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 29 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade PCGS #6474 (MS)     67

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:136 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3185, $27,600

2 MS66 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4211, $12,650

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3873, $12,650

2 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2009:3874, $14,375

5 MS66 estimated grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade

Dr. Peter Shireman

7 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2001:1166, $3,900 - Heritage 11/2001:5933, $4,370

7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
PCGS #6474 (MS)     67 #1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:136 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3185, $27,600

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4211, $12,650

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Dale Friend - Heritage 1/2009:3873, $12,650

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2009:3874, $14,375

#5 MS66 estimated grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade

Dr. Peter Shireman

#7 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2001:1166, $3,900 - Heritage 11/2001:5933, $4,370

#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

David Akers called the 1896 Half Dollar "the rarest P Mint Barber Half Dollar of the decade, especially in Gem condition." Decades later, how does the 1896 compare with other dates from the 1890's?

These are P-Mint dates with larger populations than the 1896 in MS65 and higher (based on the PCGS Population Report): 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898, and 1899. Wait, that seems to be ALL of them -- thus, Mr. Akers was correct.

How did he know this back in the "raw days" before the population reports had matured and fleshed out? The answer is "experience." Akers was at the top of his game and helped build several of the greatest Barber Half Dollar collections, including those of Drs. Thaine Price and Steven Duckor. Akers knew how difficult (or easy) it was to find each of the dates because he was out there trying to locate the best of the best. His comments from long ago remain remarkably prescient today.

David Akers: In my experience, this is the rarest P Mint Barber Half Dollar of the decade, especially in Gem condition, and it is even more rare than many of the more highly regarded mintmarked issues of the series.