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1881 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS #:
6363
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
10,000
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 1,200 R-4.9 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 31 / 45 TIE 101 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 28 / 45 TIE 83 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,200
60 or Better 200
65 or Better 30
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.9
60 or Better R-7.0
65 or Better R-8.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 31 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 31 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 28 / 45 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 90 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 101 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 83 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66+ PCGS grade
7 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
7 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2010:3691, $9,775

7 MS66 PCGS grade
7 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67+ PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS67 PCGS grade
#5 MS66+ PCGS grade
#5 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #7 MS66 PCGS grade
#7 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2010:3691, $9,775

#7 MS66 PCGS grade
#7 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1881 Half Dollar has one of the largest mintages of the decade, but that means nothing because it was only a mere 10,000 coins. In any other series, this would be a great rarity, but not so here. The 1881 Half Dollar commands only a small premium over the typical type price, making it an excellent value for collectors and an unbeatavble combination of price and rarity. As with many of its contemporaries, the 1881 Half Dollar is often found Prooflike -- so much so that it is sometimes confused with the more common and less valuable Proofs. For that reason alone, certification is a must.