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1912 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6524, 6559

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,550,000
Proofs: 700

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-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 517, illustrated, sold for $1,725.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

Proof 64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1785, illustrated, sold for $690.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8425, not illustrated, sold for $632.50  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

ANACS MS-62 Lightly Cleaned.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1786, not illustrated, sold for $299.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1075, not plated, sold for $195.50

Notes:
"1912-P&D both have very high populations, but the 1912-P is scarce in MS 65 and there are none better! This fact seems to have been overlooked by almost everyone. 1912-D is common in MS 65 and there are seven MS 66 (but none better). Both coins come with a decent strike and luster and it is surprising that there are so few superb Gems among them."1

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 5 PR-67'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