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Obverse of 1902-S Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1902-S Barber Half Dollar


1902-S BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6494

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,460,670
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

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Recent appearances:
About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1057, not plated, sold for $345.00

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

1902-S is now seen to be much harder to find than we once believed. This date shows up on almost everybody's want list and is often one of the last dates to be filled in the set. Its population is only one higher than the vaunted 1901-O, but it doesn't command anywhere near the respect of the former. It comes with a nice strike and luster and a very high number of MS 66 (9) and MS 67 (2) keep the price of MS 65 coins far below what it should be."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