Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1890 Half Dollar has a small mintage of only 12,000 pieces, which is actually on the high-end of the Half Dollar dates from the late 1800's.  Even so, it is fairly common in Mint State thanks to prescient collectors of the time, who set aside nice examples before they entered circulation.  The 1890 Half Dollar is slightly less common that the 1888 and 1889. but nowhere near as common as the 1891.  The most common Mint State grade is MS64, but other grades from MS62 to even MS66 are always available.  In MS67, the 1890 Half Dollar is very rare.

As is typical of Half Dollars of this period, the surfaces on the 1890's are usually Prooflike and, as a result, they are often confused with Proofs.  However, Proofs are slightly less valuable, so certification is recommended highly to get the attribution correct.

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
119
Pop Lower
63
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1200 R-4.9 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
All Grades 175 R-7.2 28 / 45 TIE 96 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 45 R-8.6 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

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