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Obverse of 1915 Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1915 Barber Half Dollar


1915 BARBER HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6532, 6562

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 138,000
Proofs: 450

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.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 519, illustrated, sold for $3,450.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6282, not illustrated, not sold

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1351 at $3,910.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1785 sold for $3,795.00

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8430, not illustrated, sold for $1,265.00  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

MS-60 Plus.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1787, illustrated, sold for $1,150.00

Notes:

"1915-P has the second lowest mintage in the set. However, unlike the 1914-P which has the lowest, it is quite scarce in mint state. This date has increased in mint state rarity from R3 [Scarce] to R4 [Very Scarce] since 1991, and also has climbed the rankings from 26th to 20th. The population of 1915-P is about half that of the 1914-P and it is equally rare in MS 66 and above, where only one coin has been graded [as of the end of 1999]."1

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 9 MS-65's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 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