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1899-S BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6485

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,686,411
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:
Sharpness of EF-40 but scratched and cleaned.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1777, not illustrated, sold for $57.00

Notes:
"Though still an R4 [Very Scarce], 1899-S has fallen eight places in the total mint state rankings since 1991. This is the second of the "Philippine" dates (see 1898-S Dime for explanation). It comes well struck with very nice luster and there are some very high grade coins available."1

The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-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