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PCGS No: 6475


Circulation strikes: 924,000
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

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].

Among regular issues the 1896-O ranks 2nd in mint state (to the 1904-S) and is an extremely rare coin. Not only is the certified population six coins lower than the 1901-S quarter, but very few are Gems. This coin comes with a typical O-mint strike and decent luster."1

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-65's.

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