Expert Comments

Jaime Hernandez

Many Seated Liberty Half Dollars are undervalued and the 1885 is just one of them. This issue has a mintage of only 5,200 examples struck with many of them being lost, melted while others have been harshly cleaned or damaged. This date is comparable to the 1879, 1882, 1884, 1886 and 1887 all with mintages of 5,000 or less. If you can afford one in any grade, definitely try to pick one up.   

 

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
5200
Weight
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
66
Pop Lower
81
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1000 R-5.0 26 / 45 TIE 81 / 126 TIE
All Grades 150 R-7.5 27 / 45 94 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 24 / 45 TIE 78 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

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

“Perfection 8A” Collection

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
5 MS66+ PCGS grade