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Obverse of 1909-O Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1909-O Barber Half Dollar


1909-O BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6517

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 925,400
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:
EF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 507 @$333.50

Notes:
"1909-O has increased in rarity from R3 [Scarce] to R4 [Very Scarce] since 1991... This is the last year of the New Orleans Mint. It comes somewhat softly struck, but with nice smooth surfaces. Like other middle-year O-mints, a high proportion of its population is graded Gem or higher. The low mintage of this year serves to increase its popularity."1

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66'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