1879 50C PR66 Certification #32100171, PCGS #6440

Expert Comments

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.

PCGS #
6440
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
1100
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
6
Pop Lower
385
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 900 R-5.2 21 / 25 TIE 51 / 55 TIE
All Grades 860 R-5.2 23 / 25 TIE 53 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 125 R-7.7 23 / 25 TIE 48 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 900
All Grades 860
60 or Better 125
65 or Better R-5.2
All Grades R-5.2
60 or Better R-7.7
65 or Better 21 / 25 TIE
All Grades 23 / 25 TIE
60 or Better 23 / 25 TIE
65 or Better 51 / 55 TIE
All Grades 53 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 48 / 55 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail 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
 
	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