Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1888 Half Dollar has the largest mintage of any of the Half Dollars of the 1880's, but 12,001 coins is admittedly a very small quantity by any measure.  Even the vaunted 1878-S Half Dollars has a mintage of 12,000 coins and it is worth tens of thousands of dollars even in the lowest grades.  Because of the small mintage, most 1888 Half Dollars are either Prooflike and/or highly reflective, and they are often confused with Proofs.  Hundreds of certified Mint State examples exist, with dozens available in each of the grades from MS62 to MS66.  Superb 1888 Half Dollars are true condition-rarities.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
12000
Weight
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
168
Pop Lower
73
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1500 R-4.8 36 / 45 TIE 99 / 126 TIE
All Grades 250 R-6.6 36 / 45 TIE 108 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 39 / 45 99 / 126

Condition Census

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

Carter Numismatics, sold privately in 11/2010 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98523, $12,925

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4398, $14,100

1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2007:1580, $8,050 - Heritage 7/2008:1700, $20,700 - Joseph C. Thomas Collection - Heritage 4/2009:2480, $13,800

1 MS67 PCGS grade

“Oliver” Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7172, $15,525

1 MS67 PCGS grade