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Obverse of 1898-O Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1898-O Barber Half Dollar


PCGS No: 6481


Circulation strikes: 874,000
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


Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 219, illustrated, sold for $11,500.00

The dimes, quarters and half dollars of this year are all similar in their scarcity patterns. 

Since our last Edition in 1991, the 1898-O has risen in rarity from R4 [Very Scarce] and overtaken the 1898-S in mint state rankings. This date has always been coveted by collectors in all grades above Fine. It usually comes with a soft strike and decent surfaces. Like the quarter, it sometimes will be P/L, at least on one side.

This issue will be hard to find in MS 65, as only two have been certified. There are four Superb Gems, but they may be pricey."1

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67'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