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Obverse of 1893-O Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1893-O Barber Half Dollar


1893-O BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6466

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,389,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Recent appearances:
Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 484, sold for $431.25

PCGS AU-55.
  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8411, not illustrated, sold for $316.25

Notes:
"Barber half collectors who began with circulated sets will be surprised at first by the availability of the 1893-O. This issue is one of the most poorly struck dates in the set. Finding one with strong details on the reverse shield and eagle's right claw may be a challenge."

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

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