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1903 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6495, 6550

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,278,000
Proofs: 755

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: ±30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: ±12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 501, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

NGC Proof 65.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1780, illustrated, sold for $2,012.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003, Lot 502, illustrated, sold for $1,610.00

Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1346, sold for $2,990.00

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1058, not plated, sold for $212.75

Notes:
"Back in 1991 when we wrote The Complete Guide to Barber Halves, 1903-P stood out as a mystery with its R5 [Rare] Rarity Rating. ...it is still rated R5 and nothing has come to light to explain why this high mintage P-mint is so scarce. This issue could have been melted just as silver dollars of the era were or, it just may not have been saved. In any case, there are not enough MS 65 and better coins to go around."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-68's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-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