1902-S 50C AU58 Certification #25333080, PCGS #6494
David AkersNot quite as rare as the 1902-O, but still very difficult to obtain better than Choice Uncirculated; in fact, Gems...are definitely very rare.
The 1902-S Half Dollar is one of the most underrated dates in the series. Based on the PCGS Population Report alone, the 1902-S has the smallest total population of any date except for the 1892-O. Contrary to David Akers' statement, the 1902-S is rarer than the 1902-O, but only by a slight margin. Mint State 1902-S Half Dollars tend toward the lower end of the scale -- usually MS62 to MS63. Gems are very rare and anything better than MS66 is a true condition-rarity. The finest examples are a pair of PCGS MS67+'s, both of which are illustrated above.