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1893 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6465, 6540

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,826,000
Proofs: 792

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: ±30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: ±12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Notes:
"Though there is a great fall off in mint state pop from the 1892-P, the 1893-P is still readily available though MS 64. Collectors of gem coins however may not have an easy time with this date. [The 1893] comes with a decent strike and luster..."

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS is a single PR-68.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-68.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7422, illustrated, sold for $9,200.00

PCGS Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 489, illustrated, sold for $3,680.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1509, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1773 sold for $2,185.00

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1774 sold for $2,185.00

Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1341 at $862.50

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6268, illustrated, sold for $2,541.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 217, illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum