Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1887 Half Dollar is part of the run of low-mintage dates from the 1880's.  The mintage of a mere 5,000 coins is one of the smallest of the entire series, yet the 1887 Half Dollar remains affordable when compared to similar rarities in other series.  Apparently, numismatists of the day were aware of this date's rarity and they collected and put aside a large number of high grade pieces.  Dozens of Mint State examples are known in a range of grades from MS62 to MS66.  In MS67, this date is very rare and valuable.  Because of the small mintage, most 1887 Half Dollars are highly reflective and usually Prooflike.  This sometimes makes it difficult to tell the Mint State versions from the Proofs, so certification is recommended.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
5000
Weight
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
117
Pop Lower
56
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 200 R-7.0 31 / 45 TIE 101 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 34 / 45 TIE 93 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

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

Mr. Perfection 8A Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
2 36580265