Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The Seated Liberty Half Dollar design ended its run in 1891 on a high note with a huge jump in the total mintage.  Where the mintage of the 1890 Half Dollar was a mere 12,000 pieces, the mintage of the 1891 was 200,000 coins -- more than a sixteen-fold increase.  As might be expected, the number of surviving 1891 Half Dollars is much higher than in any of the previous years (since 1879), and Mint State examples are likewise plentiful.  The overall quality of 1891 Half Dollars is so high that the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at MS66.  The most plentiful grades for the 1891 Half Dollars are MS63 and MS64, where scores of each are available.  This date has many plusses: available, affordable, final year of the type, and a great value for collectors.

PCGS #
6373
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.50 grams
Mintage
200000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
213
Pop Lower
141
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 2000 R-4.6 38 / 45 TIE 107 / 126 TIE
All Grades 275 R-6.5 38 / 45 112 / 126
60 or Better 45 R-8.6 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 2000
All Grades 275
60 or Better 45
65 or Better R-4.6
All Grades R-6.5
60 or Better R-8.6
65 or Better 38 / 45 TIE
All Grades 38 / 45
60 or Better 31 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 107 / 126 TIE
All Grades 112 / 126
60 or Better 90 / 126 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

"High Desert" Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
3 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

"High Desert" Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #3 MS66+ PCGS grade
MS66+ PCGS grade #4 MS66+ PCGS grade