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Obverse of 1896 Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1896 Barber Half Dollar


1896 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6474, 6543

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 950,000
Proofs: 762

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

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Recent appearances: 
NGC Proof 66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1773, illustrated, sold for $2,875.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 491, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 492, illustrated, not sold  From the Philadelphia Family Collection

PCGS Proof-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 298, plated, sold for $1,840.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6269, not illustrated, sold for $1265.00

MS-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1343, sold for $1,610.00

ANACS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6021, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1039, not plated, sold for $155.25

Notes:

"This is a good year for Barber halves. Mintage of all three dates is fairly low and none of the coins has a Rarity Rating less than R3 [Scarce]. 1896-P's come well struck with nice luster. For its mintage one would think that it would be even scarcer than it is. However, coins from the Philadelphia Mint were generally saved more than those from the other mints due to the stability and affluence of the North-East."
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The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 5 PR-67's.

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.

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

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