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1895 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6471, 6542

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,835,218
Proofs: 880

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 the mintages are lower, the three 1895 issues are similar to those of 1894. Like 1894, it is the O-mint here that has the lowest mint state population and also, it is the S-mint that is the scarcest in Gem condition. The 1895-P&S come well struck - the "P" having a more satiny luster, the "S" having a brighter, sometimes P/L finish."1

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


The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-68's.

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

The finest Proof Deep Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-68's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-67.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 218, illustrated, sold for $6,325.00

PCGS Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 490, illustrated, sold for $4,600.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

NGC Proof 65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1771, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00

MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1772, illustrated, sold for $1,667.00

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1035, plated, sold for $1,035.00

MS-63, Artificially Toned.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5647, not illustrated, not sold

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1036, not plated, sold for $575.00

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