Expert Comments

Ron Guth

With a mintage of only 12,000 coins, the 1889 Half Dollar commands immediate attention.  Fortunately, collectors put aside enough Mint State examples that they are not outrageously expensive today.  Our experts believe that as many as two hundred Mint State examples have survived, though not all have been certified yet by PCGS.  As with most Half Dollars of this era, the most frequently encountered Mint State grade is MS64, with smaller quantities below and above.  At least a dozen MS66 examples are known, but none finer.

PCGS #
6371
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
12000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
121
Pop Lower
128
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 1300 R-4.8 36 / 45 TIE 99 / 126 TIE
All Grades 200 R-7.0 31 / 45 TIE 101 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 45 R-8.6 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1300
All Grades 200
60 or Better 45
65 or Better R-4.8
All Grades R-7.0
60 or Better R-8.6
65 or Better 36 / 45 TIE
All Grades 31 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 31 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 99 / 126 TIE
All Grades 101 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 90 / 126 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7146, $6,900

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #1 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7146, $6,900

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade