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Obverse of 1898 Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1898 Barber Half Dollar


1898 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6480, 6545

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,956,000
Proofs: 735

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 Northeast Numismatics

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-67.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot

NGC Proof-67 Cameo (illustrated above).  Ex - Northeast Numismatics, offered on Ebay (#3004697845) with a closing date of February 9, 2003 and a Buy-It-Now price of $6,900.00

PCGS Proof 67.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1776, illustrated, sold for $6,612.00

PCGS Proof-65 Cameo.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 496, illustrated, sold for $3,565.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

Proof-63.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6833, not illustrated, not sold

Proof-62 Questionable Toning.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6832, not illustrated, not sold

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1043, not plated, sold for $546.25

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 739, not illustrated, sold for $862.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1044, not plated, sold for $230.00

Notes:
The dimes, quarters and half dollars of this year are all similar in their scarcity patterns. The P-mints have high mintages and are available in AU and most mint state grades. In the case of the 1898-P half, the population stops at MS 66 - none have been graded higher. This coin comes with a decent strike and nice luster.


The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 12 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-68.

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