Owner's Comments

OGH

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1882 Half Dollar has a moderately large mintage compared to the other Half Dollar dates of the 1880's but, by any other standard in any other series, this is a rare date.  Only 8,400 coins were made for circulation along with 1,355 Proofs.  For some reason, the 1882 Half Dollar has a total certified population that is among the lowest of the 1880-1890 period, with only the 1885 having a slightly lower population.  MS63 and MS64 are the most frequently-seen grades at the Mint State level.  Gems are slightly rare and Superb examples are true condition-rarities.  To give an idea of how desirable the best examples are, the PCGS MS68 (later in the Eugene Gardner Collection) sold for $74,750 in 2010!

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
4400
Weight
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
99
Pop Lower
58
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 800 R-5.4 23 / 45 TIE 72 / 126 TIE
All Grades 140 R-7.6 26 / 45 93 / 126
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 24 / 45 TIE 78 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade MS68 PCGS grade

Malibu Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:2074, $74,750 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98521, $38,187.50 - “Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2007:4498, $11,500

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 estimated grade

Heritage 1/2007:987, $14,950 - Heritage 8/2010:3166, $14,375

5 MS66+ PCGS estimated grade

Heritage 1/2007:4499, $8,625 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7139, $9,775