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Obverse of 1894-S Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1894-S Barber Half Dollar


1894-S BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6470

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,048,690
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Notes:
"1894-S is the interesting issue of the three. It typically comes with a decent strike and a "bright," if not P/L, finish. Surfaces are not as nice as either of the other two 1894 issues. Despite its high mintage, 1894-S is rare above MS 64. Only a total of four Gems and superb Gems have been graded."

The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

Recent appearances:
NGC AU-58.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8413, not illustrated, sold for $316.25

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 485, sold for $253.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1034, not plated, sold for $345.00

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