1905 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Barber Half Dollars 1892-1915

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS #:
6501
Designer:
Charles E. Barber
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
662,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 3,000 R-4.4 40 / 74 TIE 40 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 28 / 74 TIE 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 29 / 74 TIE 29 / 74 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 3,000
60 or Better 250
65 or Better 50
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.4
60 or Better R-6.6
65 or Better R-8.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 40 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 29 / 74 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 40 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 28 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 29 / 74 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6501 (MS) 68+

John Albanese, sold privately in 2/2009 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3212, $132,250 - Legend Numismatics - “Dime Box Silver” Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6501 (MS) 67

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:163, $9,350 - Dr. Stephen Duckor Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2495, $16,100 - Heritage 10/2009:730, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98557, $15,275

 

2 MS67 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4238, $21,850 - Heritage 4/2006:2060, $21,850 - Heritage 1/2007:999, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3297, $16,450

4 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bear Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 2/2015:115, $13,512.50

6 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 3/1/2003 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4127, $4,935

6 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2009:2943, $6,900

6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS66 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #6501 (MS) 68+ 
#1 MS68+ PCGS grade

John Albanese, sold privately in 2/2009 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3212, $132,250 - Legend Numismatics - “Dime Box Silver” Collection

 
	PCGS #6501 (MS) 67 
#2 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price Collection - David Akers 5/1998:163, $9,350 - Dr. Stephen Duckor Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2495, $16,100 - Heritage 10/2009:730, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98557, $15,275

 

#2 MS67 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4238, $21,850 - Heritage 4/2006:2060, $21,850 - Heritage 1/2007:999, $25,300 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3297, $16,450

MS66+ PCGS grade #4 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Bear Collection - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 2/2015:115, $13,512.50

#6 MS66 PCGS grade

Harry Laibstain, sold privately on 3/1/2003 - Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:4127, $4,935

#6 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2009:2943, $6,900

#6 MS66 PCGS grade
#6 MS66 PCGS grade
#6 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1905 is a scarce, low-mintage date, but it is readily available in Mint State, particularly at the MS64 level. MS63 and MS65 examples are of approximately the same rarity, though the latter is considerably more expensive than the former. As tough as this date might be, it is one of only a few in the series that is represented by an MS68 example -- in this case, a PCGS MS68+ -- making it the single best Barber Half Dollar of any date certified by PCGS. Not surprisingly, that piece was once owned by Dr. Steven Duckor, whose eye for quality was unsurpassed. When it coin sold in 2010, it brought $132,250, a record price for ANY Barber Half Dollar.

David Akers: Only 662,000 pieces were minted of this issue, one of the lowest mintage figures for the entire series regardless of mint. Among Philadelphia Mint issues, the 1905 ranks fifth in low mintage after the 1910, 1913, 1914 and 1915. However, this issue is much more rare than any of those with the sole exception of the 1914. In my experience, the 1905 is also not as rare as the 1903 and 1904, but its very low mintage has gained it a rather greater measure of fame.