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PCGS No: 6490


Circulation strikes: 1,124,000
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


Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 741, illustrated, sold for $7,475.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6272, not illustrated, sold for $4025.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1052, not plated, sold for $431.25


"A very good year for Barber halves. Two of the three issues are among the top five regular dates in the series.

1901-O&S come by their rarities in different ways. 1901-O is generally not well struck and has the higher mintage. In the 1970's and up to the time that certification began (1986) this date was thought to be the toughest in the set. Before that however, in the 1940's and '50's, 1901-S was thought to be the scarcest. Considering the lack of data, these were both good estimates. 1901-O has risen in rarity rankings from 8th in 1991 to currently being the 5th scarcest among regular issues. It is only two rankings behind the 1901-S, but there are 60% more coins available. In fact, there are a surprisingly high number of Gems and superb Gems."1

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

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