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# 1892 - 1915 Silver Barber Half Dollar Value (United States)

 U.S. MINT SPECIFICATIONS Denomination: \$0.50 Obverse Image: Designer Charles E. Barber.s Miss Liberty now faces right, her hair is in a Phrygian cap, and a wreath of laurel encircles her head. Reverse Image: An adaptation of the Great Seal of the United States. It features a heraldic eagle grasping an olive branch with arrows and holding in its beak a ribbon inscribed "E PLURIBUS UNUM." Metal Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper Total Weight: 12.5 grams Comments: None.

CALCULATING TODAY'S MELT VALUE (USD)
Using the live silver price and the specifications above, these are the numbers required to calculate melt value:

\$14.76  =silver price / ounce on Aug 19, 2018.
.90  =silver %
\$2.6268  =copper price / pound on Aug 19, 2018.
.10  =copper %
12.5  =total weight in grams
.0321507466  =ounce/gram conversion factor
.00220462262  =pound/gram conversion factor (see note directly below)

The CME uses pounds to price copper and that means we need to multiply the metal price by .00220462262 to make the conversion to grams. The silver price is based in troy ounces and that means we need to multiply the metal price by .0321507466 to make the conversion to grams.

1. Calculate 90% silver value :

(14.76 × .0321507466 × 12.5 × .90)  =  \$5.3386314729

\$5.3386 is the rounded silver value for the 1892-1915 silver Barber half dollar on August 19, 2018. This is usually the value used by coin dealers when selling these coins at melt value. However, the total melt value is continued below.

2. Calculate 10% copper value :

(2.6268 × .00220462262 × 12.5 × .10)  =  \$0.0072388

3. Add the two together :

\$5.3386314729 + \$0.0072388 = \$5.3458702729

\$5.3458702729 is the total melt value for the 1892-1915 silver Barber half dollar on August 19, 2018.

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MINTAGE AND COLLECTIBLE VALUE (USD)
 The "Year" column lists the year and mint mark on the coin -- D is for Denver, S is for San Francisco, O for New Orleans, and P is for Philadelphia. A coin without a mint mark means it was also minted in Philadelphia. The "Mintage" column is the number of coins struck and released by the U.S. Mint. The "Numismatic Value Range" column represents what people typically pay for that type of coin (usually a very wide price range depending on the condition). Year Mintage Numismatic Value Range 1892 934,000 \$23.00 - \$17500.00 1892 O 390,000 \$300.00 - \$28500.00 1892 S 1,029,028 \$250.00 - \$26000.00 1893 1,826,000 \$20.00 - \$5000.00 1893 O 1,389,000 \$30.00 - \$21000.00 1893 S 740,000 \$130.00 - \$40000.00 1894 1,148,000 \$30.00 - \$29000.00 1915 138,000 \$110.00 - \$19000.00 More Coming...If you're interested in learning more about grading coins, Photograde is an excellent resource.

EBAY AUCTIONS - SILVER BARBER HALF DOLLARS ONLY
 I believe that the old saying, "A coin is only worth what someone will pay for it," is absolutely true. I prefer eBay because it displays what people are actually paying for coins. Monthly coin price magazines and online price lists may not reflect current market conditions because they don't demonstrate what people are actually willing to pay. View all silver Barber half dollar auctions or those with the least time left (below).

 CHARTS Long-term metal price charts for the Barber half dollar: