1901-S 50C G4 Certification #44160551, PCGS #6491
The 1901-S Half Dollar is a semi-scarce issue that is popular in all grades. David Akers compared this date to the 1901-O, so let's see how the comparison holds up. There are actually more certified 1901-S Half Dollars floating around than 1901-O's. There are fewer Mint State 1901-S Half Dollars, too, but they tend to be nicer than the Mint State 1901-O's -- probably because the strike quality on the 1901-S is usually much stronger. For instance, there are more MS65, MS66, and MS67 examples of the 1901-S than there are of the 1901-O. Nonetheless, 1901-S Half Dollars tend to bring more than 1901-O's. The finest 1901-S is a coin that has a pedigree stretching all the way back to the year of issue. When that coin sold as part of the Dr. Duckor collection of Barber Half Dollars, it set a record price of $86,250.
David AkersThis is one of the most famous and well known issues of the series due, in large part, to the rarity and popularity of the Quarter of the same date and mint. However, this issue is sufficiently rare to stand entirely on its own merit, and ironically, it is even more rare in Gem condition than the Quarter. Like the 1901-O..., to which it compares very favorably in terms of overall rarity, the 1901-S Half Dollar is probably solidly in the top ten or so issues of the series in terms of both population rarity and condition rarity. Gems are exceptionally difficult to find (the Eliasberg coin and the Emery-Nichols example being the most notable exceptions), and even Choice and Very Choice Uncirculated examples must be considered to be very rare.