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+.

PCGS #
6365
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
8000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
135
Pop Lower
78
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 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
65 or Better 1200
All Grades 180
60 or Better 30
65 or Better R-4.9
All Grades R-7.2
60 or Better R-8.9
65 or Better 31 / 45 TIE
All Grades 28 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 28 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 90 / 126 TIE
All Grades 96 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 83 / 126 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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
MS67+ PCGS grade #1 MS67+ PCGS grade

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

MS67 PCGS grade #2 MS67 PCGS grade

Bob R. Simpson Collection

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