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Obverse of 1896-S Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1896-S Barber Half Dollar


PCGS No: 6476


Circulation strikes: 1,140,948
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

"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-S has moved up in rarity from R4 [Very Scarce] in the last edition (1991). This coin comes nice, as evidenced by the five coins graded MS 66. However, like some other S-mints, it sometimes will have planchet striations (due to worn out roller fingers during planchet stock preparation)."

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-66's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1775, sold for $1,610.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 489, sold for $419.75

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