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Obverse of 1892-O Barber Half Dollar     Reverse of 1892-O Barber Half Dollar


PCGS No: 6462


Circulation strikes: 390,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "O" (for New Orleans) just below the eagle's tail on the reverse



Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles

Micro Mintmark (see illustrations below)

Recent appearances:
MS-61.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1339, "Micro O" at $10,350.00

1892-O has the lowest mintage of any half up till 1913-P. However, like the 1892-P it too was saved and the coin is not nearly as scarce as one would think. This coin comes with nice luster and smooth surfaces, but often it is poorly struck, particularly on the reverse. Some well struck specimens do exist, but they are the exception.

1892 micro-O is a truly rare coin. Though collectors and dealers alike have been looking for this variety for years, only a handful have turned up in grades better than AG. The one MS 68 specimen is from the Eliasberg collection (the nicest Barber half in this set).

The small mint mark apparently came from a quarter punch. The great scarcity of this variety makes us think that the wrong mint mark size was noticed by someone at the Mint and the die was very quickly pulled out of production.

The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, July 2004" by The Professional Coin Grading Service

"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum

"Micro" mintmark

Normal mintmark

Image courtesy of David Lawrence Rare Coins