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1908 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6512, 6555

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,354,000
Proofs: 545

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-66.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 510, illustrated, sold for $4,830.00  From the Philadelphia Family Collection

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1780 sold for $2,415.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 511, illustrated, sold for $1,840.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

NGC MS-65.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6276, illustrated, sold for $2702.50

Notes:

"
When we wrote The Complete Guide to Barber Halves in 1991 we didn't quantify the rarity ratings as we are doing in this book. It turns out that most of the dates have the same rating they had in 1991, but 1908 is an exception. All four dates have increased in rarity: 1908-P from R2 [Common] to R3 [Scarce].

1908-P has a low mintage for a P-mint and this turns out to be the trend for the rest of the series. This coin comes nice, as evidenced by the high number of MS 66 and MS 67 graded."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 4 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-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