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1898-S BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6482

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,358,550
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

Recent appearances:
About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1045, not plated, sold for $195.50
 

Notes:
1898-S is the first of the three "Philippine Hoard" dates (see discussion under 1898 dimes and quarters) and the scarcest. The high number of "sliders" probably represent coins which have come back from the Philippines. There is a good chance that the 32 coins added to the mint state population since our last book are at least partly due to grade inflation.

This coin comes well struck with nice luster. However, coins with a "fresh" look are pretty scarce."1

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-66'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