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Obverse of 1899-O Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1899-O Barber Half Dollar


1899-O BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6484

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,724,000
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:
AU-58.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1345, sold for $345.00

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 495, sold for $339.25

Choice Extremely Fine.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1047, not plated, sold for $207.00

Notes:
"1899-O has climbed in rarity from an R2 [Common] in our last book (1991). Then it was ranked 41st in total mint state, a rise of 10 places in the current statistics. While not as tough as some O-mints in the series, it is earning our respect these days. This coin may be softly struck at times, but it also comes very nice as evidenced by the eight specimens graded MS 66 [as of 1999]."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