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Obverse of 1899 Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1899 Barber Half Dollar


PCGS Nos: 6483, 6546


Circulation strikes: 5,538,000
Proofs: 846

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 Early American History Auctions, Inc.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6034, not illustrated, sold for $2,415.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 494, sold for $517.50

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 403, not plated, sold for $212.75

Choice Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1046, not plated, sold for $126.50

"Though 1899-P is fairly abundant in mint state, we have sometimes had trouble finding a nice specimen for our customers. In fact, in one case, it was the last coin found to complete an MS 64 and higher set. Like most Philadelphia Barber halves, it comes with a decent strike and nice luster."1

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-68.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

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

1. "The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum