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Obverse of 1905-O Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1905-O Barber Half Dollar


PCGS No: 6502


Circulation strikes: 505,000
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-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8419, illustrated, sold for $3,335.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 221, illustrated, sold for $2,070.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 442, illustrated, not sold

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-O is a favorite date of collectors of circulated Barbers because of its low mintage. This coin was only rated R2+ in 1991 and only 26 mint state specimens have been added to the population report since then. It is difficult to find a pleasing example in the lower mint state grades -- the strike tends to be poor and many coins have a lackluster appearance. On the other hand, many high grade coins have been graded making this issue affordable in Gem condition."1

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-68's.

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