"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
The finest examples graded
by PCGS are 3 MS-65's.
Sources and/or recommended
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The
Professional Coin Grading Service
1. "The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David
& John Feigenbaum