1885 50C (Proof)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR68

PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR66

PCGS PR66

PCGS #:
6446
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
930
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 825 R-5.3 20 / 25 50 / 55
60 or Better 775 R-5.4 18 / 25 TIE 48 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 100 R-8.0 20 / 25 TIE 45 / 55 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 825
60 or Better 775
65 or Better 100
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.3
60 or Better R-5.4
65 or Better R-8.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 20 / 25
60 or Better 18 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 20 / 25 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 50 / 55
60 or Better 48 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 45 / 55 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade

Malibu Collection - Stack's/Bowers 1/2011:756, $12,650 - Chrismor Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 PR67 PCGS grade

Daryl J. Haynor Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7195, $16,100 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2015:10112, not sold

2 PR67 PCGS grade
2 PR67 estimated grade

Heritage 11/2005:2142, $23,000 - Goldbergs 5/2006:2963, $17,825 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30544, $12,925

2 PR67 estimated grade
2 PR67 estimated grade
7 PR66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4425, $3,525 - D.L. Hansen Collection

7 PR66+ PCGS grade PR66+ PCGS grade
9 PR66 PCGS grade
9 PR66 PCGS grade
#1 PR68 PCGS grade

Malibu Collection - Stack's/Bowers 1/2011:756, $12,650 - Chrismor Collection - D.L. Hansen Collection

#2 PR67 PCGS grade

Daryl J. Haynor Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7195, $16,100 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2015:10112, not sold

#2 PR67 PCGS grade
#2 PR67 estimated grade

Heritage 11/2005:2142, $23,000 - Goldbergs 5/2006:2963, $17,825 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30544, $12,925

#2 PR67 estimated grade
#2 PR67 estimated grade
#7 PR66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4425, $3,525 - D.L. Hansen Collection

PR66+ PCGS grade #7 PR66+ PCGS grade
#9 PR66 PCGS grade
#9 PR66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The mintage of Proof 1885 Half Dollars was slightly larger than in the previous year, but it was still a mere 930 coins. With only 5,200 circulation strikes to complement the Proofs, this is a tough date for any collector to acquire. The number of surviving Proof 1885 Half Dollars is slightly above the 1884's and 1886's, but less than the 1882's and 1883's. This doesn't translate to much, since they are all priced roughly the same in average grades. In top grades, this date is slightly tougher than some of its contemporaries but there are a sufficient number of PR66's to go around. Approximately one in five examples are Cameo Proofs. Deep Cameo Proofs are extremely rare (a familiar refrain for Proof Half Dollars of this period).