1902-S 50C AU58 Certification #25333080, PCGS #6494

Expert Comments

David Akers

Not quite as rare as the 1902-O, but still very difficult to obtain better than Choice Uncirculated; in fact, Gems...are definitely very rare.

Ron Guth

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.

PCGS #
6494
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
1460670
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
48
Pop Lower
210
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 2000 R-4.6 19 / 74 TIE 19 / 74 TIE
All Grades 140 R-7.6 9 / 74 TIE 9 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 29 / 74 TIE 29 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 2000
All Grades 140
60 or Better 50
65 or Better R-4.6
All Grades R-7.6
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better 19 / 74 TIE
All Grades 9 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 19 / 74 TIE
All Grades 9 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 74 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:156 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3205, $32,200 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4086, $28,200

1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

“Perfection” Collection

3 MS67 PCGS grade

Stack's 10/1975:396 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:287 - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3890, $20,700 - Heritage 4/2013:4289, $25,850 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98556, $18,800

4 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Queller Family Collection of U.S. Half Dollars  - Stack's 10/2002:774 - Heritage 6/2005:6343 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98748, $10,575

5 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Country Coins - Dr. Peter Shireman

MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Dr. Thaine B. Price - David Akers 5/1998:156 - Dr. Steven Duckor - Heritage 8/2010:3205, $32,200 - Greensboro Collection, Part V - Heritage 8/2015:4086, $28,200

MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade

“Perfection” Collection

#3 MS67 PCGS grade

Stack's 10/1975:396 - James Bennett Pryor Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1996:287 - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2009:3890, $20,700 - Heritage 4/2013:4289, $25,850 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98556, $18,800

MS66+ PCGS grade #4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Queller Family Collection of U.S. Half Dollars  - Stack's 10/2002:774 - Heritage 6/2005:6343 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part IV - Heritage 10/2015:98748, $10,575

MS66 PCGS grade #5 MS66 PCGS grade

Country Coins - Dr. Peter Shireman