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PCGS No: 6500


Circulation strikes: 553,038
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

Recent appearances:
Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1062, not plated, withdrawn

1904-S is not only the scarcest regular issue in the half dollar set, but it also has a far lower population than the 1901-S Quarter and 1895-O Dime. Its rarity is usually not appreciated until you try to assemble a set and you can't find one, even after years of looking. Trying to purchase one at auction is an eye-opening experience.

1904-S comes well struck with nice luster, but not all of the certified coins are "fresh" looking. Still, more than 20% of the population are graded MS 65 or higher."1

The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, January 2002" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

1. "The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum