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Obverse of 1903-O Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1903-O Barber Half Dollar


PCGS No: 6496


Circulation strikes: 2,100,000
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

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 441, illustrated, sold for $2,415.00

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1059, not plated, sold for $299.00

ANACS AU-55.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8418, not illustrated, sold for $299.00

"1903-O was rated R4 [Very Scarce] in mint state in 1991 and ranked 22nd. Today this coin is far more available even in Gem condition. It comes with a typical O-mint strike, sometimes with slight "mumps" (see 1908-O)."1

The finest 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