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1912-S BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6526

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,370,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse

Images courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 302, sold for $747.50

Brilliant Uncirculated, nearly Choice.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1077, not plated, sold for $460.00

Choice About Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 509, sold for $264.50

Notes:
"1912-S has increased in rarity from R2 [Common] to R3 [Scarce] since 1991. It has also climbed up the rankings from 38th to 33rd. Though there are only 91 mint state coins, eight of these are MS 66. Like the other two dates, there are no MS 67 or better coins graded [as of 1999]."1

The finest examples graded by PCGS are 4 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