Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1883 Half Dollar is a great date because of its miniscule mintage of only 8,000 coins.  However, it is a tough coin to find in any condition, thus many collectors resort to a Proof version (which is twice as plentiful as the Mint State edition).  To compund the problem, there are many examples that are so Prooflike that they are often confused with Proofs.  On the other hand, there is a tendency to designate Proofs as Mint State because of the higher value of the latter.

The typical Mint State 1883 Half Dollar grades out at MS64.  The very best coins are MS67 or better, with the finest example being a single PCGS MS67+.

30.00 millimeters
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 1200 R-4.9 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
All Grades 180 R-7.2 28 / 45 TIE 96 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 28 / 45 TIE 83 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade MS67+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 2/2015:108, not sold

2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade