1908 50C G4 Certification #41385291, PCGS #6512

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1908 Half Dollar is a surprisingly scarce date.  It is almost twice as rare as the 1907 in Mint State and it is far less available than the 1909.  The bulk of the Mint State population of the 1908 rests around the MS64 level, indicating that the quality of the surviving examples is quite high.  Part of this is due to the strong strike quality of this date, a general minimizing of bagmarks in transport, and, of course, the care with which collectors have preserved their coins.  Approximately a dozen examples are known in MS66 above, with none known above MS67.  As is oftne the case with many high-end Barber Half Dollars, the names Hugon, Price, Shireman, and Duckor figure prominently (these are all collectors who assembled superb collections of Barber Half Dollars, often with the assistance of the late David Akers, a dealer with one of the best "eyes" in the business).


David Akers

This is a distinctly underrated issue, at least in comparison to the Philadelphia Mint issues of 1906 and 1907 with which it is generally associated as far as rarity is concerned. Actually, the 1908 is considerably more rare than either of those two dates when one considers all available grades, although in Gem condition, they are rather similar.
PCGS #
6512
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
1354000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
476
Pop Lower
5
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 3500 R-4.3 46 / 74 TIE 46 / 74 TIE
All Grades 400 R-6.2 49 / 74 TIE 49 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 51 / 74 TIE 51 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 3500
All Grades 400
60 or Better 100
65 or Better R-4.3
All Grades R-6.2
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better 46 / 74 TIE
All Grades 49 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 51 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 46 / 74 TIE
All Grades 49 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 51 / 74 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5413, $21,150

1 MS67 PCGS grade  
	MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2003:5973 - Stewart Blay Collection, sold privately in 4/2004 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3223, $18,400 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4093, $12,925 - Heritage 6/2017:3682, $14,100

1 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6512 (MS) 66

“Andrew12173” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

Dr. Peter & Janice Shireman Collection - Heritage 1/2016:5413, $21,150

 
	MS67 PCGS grade 
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2003:5973 - Stewart Blay Collection, sold privately in 4/2004 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3223, $18,400 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4093, $12,925 - Heritage 6/2017:3682, $14,100

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
 
	PCGS #6512 (MS) 66 
#4 MS66 PCGS grade

“Andrew12173” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)