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Obverse of 1904-O Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1904-O Barber Half Dollar


PCGS No: 6499


Circulation strikes: 1,117,600
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:
NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 220, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

Only eight coins have been added to the mint state population of the 1904-O since 1991. Its ranking has risen from 19th to 4th (among regular issues) and its Rarity Rating has risen from an R4 [Very Scarce] to an R5 [Rare].

It is difficult to find a 1904-O without a depression in the facial area. A similar situation exists with the quarter. In the die, the facial area is the deepest part. We believe that the saw dust used to dry the planchet material remained in this depression and was struck through. These depressions rarely appear on any other Barber half date.

1904-O is typically softly struck and it is surprising that so much of the population is graded MS 65 and higher."1

The finest example graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67'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