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Obverse of 1909 Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1909 Barber Half Dollar


1909 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6516, 6556

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 2,368,000
Proofs: 650

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

Images courtesy of ML

Notes:
The 1909 Half Dollar is very common in Mint State, with one of the highest survival rates of the entire series.  The most common Uncirculated grade is MS-64.  Gem 1909 Half Dollars are scarce and anything finer is extremely rare.

Proof 1909 Half Dollars are common and usually seen in Proof-64 condition.  Gem Proofs are rare and become exceedingly rare above Proof-67.

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 5 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 7 PR-68's.

The finest Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-67 CAM's.

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-66.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 512, illustrated, sold for $2,990.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 513, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00  From the Philadelphia Family Collection

PCGS Proof-66.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6281, illustrated, sold for $3162.50

NGC MS-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6277, not illustrated, sold for $1322.50, Ex: T. Price Collection

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 745, illustrated, sold for $862.00

MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1781, sold for $747.50

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8423, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

About Uncirculated. Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1074, not plated, sold for $178.25

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

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