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1914 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6530, 6561

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 124,230
Proofs: 380

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-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 747, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 2645, sold for $5,060.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8428, illustrated, sold for $2,760.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8426, not illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8427, not illustrated, sold for $1,178.75

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 748, illustrated, sold for $920.00

Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 510 @$172.50

Notes:
"
1914-P has the lowest mintage of the Barber half series, but this coin is available in all mint state grades though MS 65. Unfortunately, there is only one superb Gem graded. Naturally, this puts a lot of pressure on the 10 MS 65s [as of the end of 1999] that are available. This date comes nice and the lack of very high-grade coins is a bit of a mystery.

Though slipping slightly in the rankings since 1991, 1914-P is now rated an R3 [Scarce] (up from R2 [Common]) in total mint state."1

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 10 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