Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1872, production of Half Dollars at the Philadelphia Mint dropped by more than a quarter from the previous year to a total of 880,600 coins.  This adds a premium to this date across the board, but especially in the higher grades.  Though they are scarce, Mint State 1872 Half Dollars can be found with patience in MS64.  Gems are considered rare and it is difficult to find this date in MS66.  When purchasing this date, look for well-struck examples with strong radial lines in the stars and full talon and feather details on the reverse.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
880600
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
68
Pop Lower
104
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 600 R-5.8 16 / 45 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
All Grades 60 R-8.4 17 / 45 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 15 / 45 TIE 55 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Highmoon Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade