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Obverse of 1910 Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1910 Barber Half Dollar


PCGS Nos: 6519, 6557


Circulation strikes: 418,000
Proofs: 551

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 David Lawrence Rare Coins

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-66 Cameo.  Ex American Numismatic Rarities, LLCs The Classics Sale, July 25, 2003 , Lot 514, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00  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 8437, illustrated, not sold

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6036, not illustrated, sold for $862.50

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 133, plated, sold for $2,300.00  Purchased privately from Dan Brown on January 10, 1966

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1782 sold for $575.00


1910 issues illustrate how you shouldn't depend on mintage. 1910-P has the 5th lowest mintage of the series, yet has a much higher population than its San Francisco counterpart. Both dates are now rated higher than they were in 1991. The 1910-P has gone from an R2 [Common] to an R3 [Scarce], while the 1910-S has gone from R3 to R4 [Very Scarce].

1910-P comes with a decent strike and luster. With its low mintage, it is far tougher in circulated grades than in mint state."1

The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

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