1905-O 50C G6 Certification #15371063, PCGS #6502

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1905-O Half Dollar has a small mintage but it is only semi-scarce at best and it is actually quite plentiful in Mint State.  MS63 and MS64 are the grades that a collector is most likely to encounter, but there are also some fabulous Gem and Superb examples for those that seek top quality.  The Dr. Wynsen example that Akers mentioned below went through a number of hands (Dale Friend, Joseph C. Thomas, and Eugene Gardner) and it last sold as a PCGS MS67 for $16,450.  The Eliasberg example sold again in 2015 as a PCGS MS68 for $56,400.  The other PCGS MS68 (ex Duckor) sold for $54,050 in 2015.

As Akers noted, the 1905-O Half Dollars often suffer from a soft strike, but there are some well-struck examples that violate that rule.


David Akers

The 1905-O is one of the lowest mintage issues in the series; in fact, among all of the branch mint Barber Half Dollar issues, only the 1892-O had a lower mintage. Fortunately, a few extraordinary specimens have been saved; the 1905-O in the Eliasberg sale was nearly perfect, for example, and the Dr. Robert Wynsen specimen is also of exceptional quality. Most 1905-O Half Dollars, even those that might otherwise technically qualify as Gems, are poorly struck, often with mumps, and generally have substandard luster.
PCGS #
6502
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
505000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
375
Pop Lower
18
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 1500 R-4.8 11 / 74 TIE 11 / 74 TIE
All Grades 300 R-6.4 38 / 74 TIE 38 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 70 R-8.3 44 / 74 TIE 44 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 1500
All Grades 300
60 or Better 70
65 or Better R-4.8
All Grades R-6.4
60 or Better R-8.3
65 or Better 11 / 74 TIE
All Grades 38 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 44 / 74 TIE
65 or Better 11 / 74 TIE
All Grades 38 / 74 TIE
60 or Better 44 / 74 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade  
	MS68 PCGS grade

Paramount “Auction '86” 7/1986:1697 - David Akers, sold privately on 6/15/1992 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3213, $63,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3298, $54,050

1 MS68 PCGS grade

New Orleans Mint - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2104, $33,000 - Heritage 1/2015:4145, $56,400

3 MS67 PCGS grade

Superior - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2010:3896 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5581 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 1/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98558, $16,450

3 MS67 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4239, $15,525

5 MS67 estimated grade
 
	MS68 PCGS grade 
#1 MS68 PCGS grade

Paramount “Auction '86” 7/1986:1697 - David Akers, sold privately on 6/15/1992 - Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor Collection - Heritage 8/2010:3213, $63,250 - Greensboro Collection, Part VI - Heritage 10/2015:3298, $54,050

#1 MS68 PCGS grade

New Orleans Mint - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2104, $33,000 - Heritage 1/2015:4145, $56,400

#3 MS67 PCGS grade

Superior - Dale Friend Collection - Heritage 1/2010:3896 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 1/2011:5581 - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 1/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98558, $16,450

#3 MS67 PCGS grade

John C. Hugon - Heritage 1/2005:4239, $15,525

#5 MS67 estimated grade