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.

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
117
Pop Lower
119
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Condition Census

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