Barber Half Dollar Values and Prices

How Much Is My Barber Half Dollar Worth?

Barber Half-Dollar (1892-1915)
Barber Half-Dollar (1892-1915). Image Courtesy of: Heritage Auction Galleries, www.ha.com

This guide is will give you an approximate value of your Barber Half Dollars minted from 1892 to 1915.  The table below provides average coin prices and values based upon the condition of the coin. 

History of the Barber Half Dollar

The Barber half dollar is also known as the Liberty Head half dollar. It was minted from 1892 until 1915 and was designed by Charles E. Barber. The average weight of the coin is 12.5 g.

and is composed of 90% silver and 10% copper. It has a diameter of 30.6 mm with the reeded edge. 

The Mint Act of September 26, 1890 specified that coin designs could only be changed after they have been in use for 25 years. In 1891 dimes, quarters and half dollars became eligible for redesign. Mint Director J. P. Kimball wasted no time in changing the design of America's coins.

Market Analysis

Barber half dollars are moderately collected and demand tends to be fairly steady. Therefore, values and prices for lower end circulated coins also tend to be fairly stable.  If you want top dollar for your Barber half dollars, you need to sort them and organize them so the dealer can quickly see what you have.

Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties

The following Barber half dollar in any condition, are worth considerable more than common Barber half dollars.  As such, these coins are occasionally counterfeited or altered from common Barber half dollars.

  Therefore, before you start celebrating your new found fortune, have the following coins authenticated by a reputable coin dealer or third party grading service.

  • 1892-O
  • 1892-S
  • 1893-S
  • 1897-O
  • 1897-S
  • 1904-S
  • 1914

Condition or Grade Examples

If your coin is worn and looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below, it is considered a circulated coin.

If your coin looks similar to the one illustrated in the link below and has no evidence of wear due to being in circulation, it is considered an uncirculated coin.

Mint Marks

Barber Half Dollars were produced at four different mints: Philadelphia (no mint mark), Denver (D), New Orleans (O) and San Francisco (S).  As illustrated in the picture link below, the mint mark is located on the reverse of the coin, just below the eagles tail feathers and above the "D" in DOLLAR.

Barber Half Dollars Average Prices and Values

The following table lists the buy price (what you can expect to pay to a dealer to purchase the coin) and sell value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you if you sell the coin). The first column lists the date and mint mark (see the photo link above) followed by the buy price and the sell value for an average circulated Barber Half Dollar. The next two columns list the buy price and the sell value for an average uncirculated. These are approximate retail prices and wholesale values. The actual offer you receive from a particular coin dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coin and a number of other factors that determine its worth.

Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1892$44.00$21.00 $730.00$530.00
1892 O *$370.00$180.00 $1,300.00$900.00
1892 S *$310.00$150.00 $1,600.00$1,100.00
1893$42.00$21.00 $750.00$530.00
1893 O$70.00$37.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1893 S *$220.00$110.00 $2,800.00$2,000.00
1894$59.00$29.00 $730.00$490.00
1894 O$51.00$27.00 $800.00$600.00
1894 S$42.00$22.00 $900.00$700.00
1895$40.00$20.00 $800.00$600.00
1895 O$69.00$34.00 $1,200.00$800.00
1895 S$68.00$33.00 $1,100.00$800.00
1896$43.00$22.00 $800.00$600.00
1896 O$110.00$50.00 $3,400.00$2,400.00
1896 S$190.00$100.00 $2,400.00$1,700.00
1897$33.00$16.00 $750.00$540.00
1897 O *$270.00$130.00 $2,600.00$1,800.00
1897 S *$250.00$120.00 $2,600.00$1,800.00
1898$25.00$12.00 $790.00$530.00
1898 O$120.00$60.00 $2,200.00$1,500.00
1898 S$55.00$28.00 $2,200.00$1,500.00
1899$26.00$13.00 $730.00$540.00
1899 O$47.00$24.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1899 S$47.00$24.00 $1,400.00$1,000.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1900$25.00$13.00 $700.00$490.00
1900 O$36.00$19.00 $2,000.00$1,400.00
1900 S$31.00$16.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1901$27.00$14.00 $770.00$560.00
1901 O$45.00$23.00 $3,000.00$2,000.00
1901 S$110.00$50.00 $4,700.00$3,200.00
1902$22.00$11.00 $710.00$470.00
1902 O$37.00$18.00 $2,000.00$1,400.00
1902 S$35.00$18.00 $1,600.00$1,100.00
1903$28.00$14.00 $780.00$530.00
1903 O$34.00$17.00 $1,200.00$800.00
1903 S$33.00$17.00 $1,300.00$900.00
1904$24.00$12.00 $720.00$530.00
1904 O$49.00$25.00 $2,100.00$1,500.00
1904 S *$200.00$110.00 $13,700.00$10,000.00
1905$43.00$21.00 $1,100.00$700.00
1905 O$73.00$37.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1905 S$34.00$17.00 $1,300.00$900.00
1906$21.00$10.00 $670.00$490.00
1906 D$27.00$14.00 $730.00$510.00
1906 O$28.00$14.00 $900.00$600.00
1906 S$32.00$16.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1907$22.00$11.00 $740.00$500.00
1907 D$25.00$13.00 $730.00$540.00
1907 O$28.00$13.00 $740.00$500.00
1907 S$51.00$27.00 $2,500.00$1,700.00
Date & MintCirculated Uncirculated
BuySell BuySell
1908$24.00$12.00 $680.00$480.00
1908 D$25.00$13.00 $700.00$510.00
1908 O$24.00$12.00 $760.00$510.00
1908 S$42.00$21.00 $1,600.00$1,100.00
1909$24.00$12.00 $710.00$480.00
1909 O$40.00$21.00 $1,300.00$900.00
1909 S$25.00$13.00 $900.00$600.00
1910$40.00$20.00 $900.00$600.00
1910 S$33.00$16.00 $1,500.00$1,100.00
1911$22.00$11.00 $740.00$540.00
1911 D$27.00$13.00 $800.00$600.00
1911 S$27.00$14.00 $1,200.00$900.00
1912$23.00$12.00 $690.00$490.00
1912 D$26.00$13.00 $730.00$530.00
1912 S$28.00$14.00 $800.00$600.00
1913$120.00$60.00 $1,500.00$1,000.00
1913 D$29.00$15.00 $760.00$550.00
1913 S$43.00$22.00 $1,200.00$800.00
1914 *$200.00$110.00 $1,700.00$1,200.00
1914 S$32.00$17.00 $1,000.00$700.00
1915$140.00$80.00 $1,700.00$1,200.00
1915 D$24.00$12.00 $670.00$450.00
1915 S$30.00$15.00 $700.00$500.00
Complete
Date-Mint Set
$4,800.00$2,400.00 $100,000.00$75,000.00
Complete
Date Set
$720.00$360.00 $19,000.00$14,000.00

F.V. = Face Value
B.V. = Bullion Value
"-" (dash) = Not Applicable or not enough data exists to calculate an average price
*= See the section above "Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties" for more information on these coins.

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