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1909-S Barber Half Dollar Obverse     1909-S Barber Half Dollar Reverse


BARBER HALF DOLLARS
(1892-1916)

Designer: Charles E. Barber

Diameter: 30.6 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 12.5 grams

Edge: Reeded 

Mintmarks: the mintmark appears as a small letter just below the eagle's tail on the reverse, as follows:

None = Philadelphia
O = New Orleans
S = San Francisco
D = Denver

Notes:
The following is reprinted (with permission) from
"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum:

"The Barber half-dollar series consists of 73 regular issues, plus one major variety. Since large denominations tend to be more popular than small ones, Barber halves have more collectors than either the dimes or the quarters - but only in circulated grades (AG-VF+). In higher grades the greater cost of assembling a set reduces the number of collectors, but the lower availability of these coins tends to balance this out.

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

There are no true rarities in the lower grades (other than the 1892 micro-O), but three regular issues each have total mint state populations lower than that of the 1901-S quarter. Of the 73 regular issues, three are R6, 16 are R5, 10 are R4, 17 are R3, 15 are R2 and only 12 are R1. The micro-O, with only two coins certified, is R8 in mint state.

PCGS & NGC have certified a total of 9,636 Barber halves in mint state. This is about 2/3rds of the 15,315 Barber quarters and little more than half the 16,918 Barber dimes certified.

There were 5,152 mint state Barber halves certified in June 1991, when The Complete Guide to Barber Halves was published. This means approximately 550 mint state halves have been added to the population reports each year since then.

With the affluence that comes from the booming stock market and U.S. economy, mint state halves are currently enjoying unprecedented popularity. In practical terms, all halves that are rated R5 and above are often difficult to find. A nice mint state set can be assembled, but a little luck and patience will be required to do it in a reasonable amount of time.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The Complete Guide To Certified Barber Coinage" by David & John Feigenbaum

Date

Mintage for
Circulation

Mintage of
Proofs

Notes

1892

934,000

1,245

 

1892-O

390,000

0

A rare variety has a tiny mintmark that was normally used on Quarter Dollars!

1892-S

1,029,028

0

 

1893

1,826,000

792

 

1893-O

1,389,000

0

 

1893-S

740,000

0

 

1894

1,148,000

972

 

1894-O

2,138,000

0

 

1894-S

4,048,960

0

 

1895

1,834,338

880

 

1895-O

1,766,000

0

 

1895-S

1,108,086

0

 

1896

950,000

762

 

1896-O

924,000

0

 

1896-S

1,140,948

0

 

1897

2,480,000

731

 

1897-O

632,000

0

 

1897-S

933,900

0

 

1898

2,956,000

735

 

1898-O

874,000

0

 

1898-S

2,358,550

0

 

1899

5,538,000

846

 

1899-O

1,724,000

0

 

1899-S

1,686,411

0

 

1900

4,762,000

912

 

1900-O

2,744,000

0

 

1900-S

2,560,322

0

 

1901

4,268,000

813

 

1901-O

1,124,000

0

 

1901-S

847,044

0

 

1902

4,922,000

777

 

1902-O

2,526,000

0

 

1902-S

1,460,670

0

 

1903

2,278,000

755

 

1903-O

2,100,000

0

 

1903-S

1,920,772

0

 

1904

2,992,000

670

 

1904-O

1,117,600

0

 

1904-S

553,038

0

 

1905

662,000

727

 

1905-O

505,000

0

 

1905-S

2,494,000

0

 

1906

2,638,000

675

 

1906-D

4,028,000

0

This was the first year this type was struck at the Denver Mint.  In fact, this was the year in which the Denver mint opened.

1906-O

2,446,000

0

 

1906-S

1,740,154

0

 

1907

2,598,000

575

 

1907-D

3,856,000

0

 

1907-O

3,946,000

0

 

1907-S

1,250,000

0

 

1908

1,354,000

545

 

1908-D

3,280,000

0

 

1908-O

5,360,000

0

 

1908-S

1,644,828

0

 

1909

2,368,000

650

 

1909-O

925,400

0

This was the last year this type was struck at the New Orleans Mint.

1909-S

1,764,000

0

 

1910

418,000

551

 

1910-S

1,948,000

0

 

1911

1,406,000

543

 

1911-D

695,080

0

 

1911-S

1,272,000

0

 

1912

1,550,000

700

 

1912-D

2,300,800

0

 

1912-S

1,370,000

0

 

1913

188,000

627

 

1913-D

534,000

0

 

1913-S

604,000

0

 

1914

124,000

610

 

1914-S

992,000

0

 

1915

138,000

450

 

1915-D

1,170,400

0

 

1915-S

1,604,000

0

 
 
 

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