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1891 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS #:
6373
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
200,000
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 2,000 R-4.6 38 / 45 TIE 107 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 275 R-6.5 38 / 45 112 / 126
65 or Better 45 R-8.6 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,000
60 or Better 275
65 or Better 45
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-6.5
65 or Better R-8.6
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 38 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 38 / 45
65 or Better 31 / 45 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 107 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 112 / 126
65 or Better 90 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

"High Desert" Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade
9 MS66 PCGS grade
9 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

"High Desert" Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66+ PCGS grade
#9 MS66 PCGS grade
#9 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The Seated Liberty Half Dollar design ended its run in 1891 on a high note with a huge jump in the total mintage. Where the mintage of the 1890 Half Dollar was a mere 12,000 pieces, the mintage of the 1891 was 200,000 coins -- more than a sixteen-fold increase. As might be expected, the number of surviving 1891 Half Dollars is much higher than in any of the previous years (since 1879), and Mint State examples are likewise plentiful. The overall quality of 1891 Half Dollars is so high that the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at MS66. The most plentiful grades for the 1891 Half Dollars are MS63 and MS64, where scores of each are available. This date has many plusses: available, affordable, final year of the type, and a great value for collectors.