Accurate value depends on accurate judgment of condition. The art of grading old half dollars by evaluating condition eliminates the undervaluing of your coin.
Collectors and dealers always evaluate the condition of every half dollar, assign a "grade," and then place a value. You can do the same.
Two main grades of Barber half dollars have the greatest impact on value; the Good grade and the Uncirculated grade. Judging your as coin better than Good increases its collectability above bullion silver value. Additionally recognizing your coin as Uncirculated places it solidly in the top end of the grading scale.
The important point to consider when judging condition are covered in the video. Also images and descriptions are used to highlight the process to grading.
Popular today with collectors, a deliberate effort grading the condition of your old Walking Liberty half often discovers something special.
It is possible to accurately grade these coins yourself. Small changes in the amount of wear, once described, are soon recognizable and your expertise quickly improves.
Date and mintmark are important - and now you can decide condition as part of an accurate appraisal.
In the grading video - watch closely the difference between an "uncirculated" and "about uncirculated" Franklin half dollar.
It is these two grades that separate the higher value coins, with the uncirculated coin at the top of the value charts. Specific areas of the obverse and reverse of your coins are highlighted to make the distinction.
It is not always the combination of date and mintmark raising your old half dollars to the scarce and valuable level. Often it's your coin's condition, or "grade" as referred to by collectors.
Avidly sought are nice quality examples (of any coin series) to add to collections. How-to-videos detail the subtle insights into grading not only half dollars but the condition of all your old coins.
All old US coin values. It is an excellent index with images and text links to all coin series, from Cents to Gold. Half Dollar value charts, grading images and descriptions uncover how much your box of old coins is worth.