1879 50C (Proof)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS PR68+

PCGS PR68+

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PCGS PR67

PCGS PR67

PCGS PR67

PCGS PR67

PCGS #:
6440
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
1,100
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 900 R-5.2 21 / 25 TIE 51 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 860 R-5.2 23 / 25 TIE 53 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 125 R-7.7 23 / 25 TIE 48 / 55 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 900
60 or Better 860
65 or Better 125
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.2
60 or Better R-5.2
65 or Better R-7.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 21 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 23 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 23 / 25 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 51 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 53 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 48 / 55 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR68+ PCGS grade  
	PR68 PCGS grade

John Story Jenks Collection - H. Chapman 12/1921:6327 - Superior 8/1992:417 - John & Rebecca Moores Collection - Sotheby's 11/1999:37 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 5/2003:6790 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30542, $30,550 - Chrismor Collection

2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 estimated grade
2 PR67 estimated grade
2 PR67 estimated grade
6 PR66 PCGS grade
6 PR66 PCGS grade
6 PR66 PCGS grade
6 PR66 PCGS grade
6 PR66 PCGS grade
 
	PR68 PCGS grade 
#1 PR68+ PCGS grade

John Story Jenks Collection - H. Chapman 12/1921:6327 - Superior 8/1992:417 - John & Rebecca Moores Collection - Sotheby's 11/1999:37 - Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 5/2003:6790 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30542, $30,550 - Chrismor Collection

#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 estimated grade
#2 PR67 estimated grade
#2 PR67 estimated grade
#6 PR66 PCGS grade
#6 PR66 PCGS grade
#6 PR66 PCGS grade
#6 PR66 PCGS grade
#6 PR66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Proof 1879 Half Dollars are very popular with collectors because of the tiny mintage of circulation strikes (4,400 coins) in the same year. This puts tremendous price pressure on this date from collectors who seek any 1879 Half Dollar -- in this case, the Proofs are more common than Mint State examples. Thankfully, hundreds of Proof 1879 Half Dollars exist in a range of grades from PR60 to PR64. Even PR65 and PR66 examples can be found with relative ease. Only in PR67 does this date become a condition-rarity. Only 15% of the total population of Proof 1879 Half Dollars are considered Cameos. As is typical of the dates of this period, the 1879 Half Dollar is extremely rare as a Deep Cameo.