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1905 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6501, 6552

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 662,000
Proofs: 727

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-67.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 505, illustrated, sold for $5,635.00

NGC Proof-66.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 506, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

NGC Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8435, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  Sold on behalf of the Wilkins Foundation

Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1347 at $1,265.00

Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1348 at $1,955.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6023, illustrated, sold for $2,185.00 

NGC MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1778 Not sold

Notes:

"This is a good year for Barber halves. Two of the three dates have low mintages and the third has the lowest mint state population of the three. All are rated R4 [Very Scarce] in mint state, an unusual occurrence. 1905-P comes with a decent strike and nice luster. This coin was only an R3 [Scarce] in 1991."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-68.

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