Coins Certified as of 1/22

My Coin #-39464

1898 50C PR65

PCGS#: 6545

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by B. Max Mehl Jun '41 price realized $4.5

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: Have all of the 1898 Proof Half Dollars survived?  One might get that impression from the number of Proofs that have been certified by PCGS and NGC.  PCGS alone has certified almost half the original mintage; NGC has certified over 260.  That leaves just over 100 ungraded examples.  Even if one discounts for resubmissions, this is a large percentage of survivors.  Overall quality hovers around the PR63 to PR64 level, though there are some impaired examples at the lower end and some superb Gems at the high end.  The finest examples top out at PR68.

At least a fourth, and possibly half, of the 1898 Proof Half Dollars qualify as Cameos.  A much smaller percentage show as Deep Cameos -- these are the first coins from the dies.

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Charles E. Barber Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 735 Weight: 12.50 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 675 R-5.6 14 / 24 TIE 14 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 650 R-5.7 13 / 24 TIE 13 / 24 TIE
65 or Better 200 R-7.0 20 / 24 TIE 20 / 24 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade
1 PR67 PCGS grade  
1 PR67 PCGS grade  
1 PR67 PCGS grade