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1902-O BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6493

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,526,000
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-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part III", May 21, 2001, Lot 1510, not illustrated, sold for $920.00

ANACS MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8417, not illustrated, not sold

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1056, not plated, sold for $747.50

Notes:
Though 1902 is a high mintage year, the three coins follow along the same pattern as those of 1901.

1902-O is very similar to the 1901-O, but has nine more coins graded in mint state. Because so many halves have similar low populations, they are all bunched up in the rankings. In truth they are both very scarce coins.

1902-O is consistently one of the poorest struck dates in the series. Well struck coins are very rare and command a high premium from knowledgeable sellers."1

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 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