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.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
200000
Weight
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
211
Pop Lower
132
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Condition Census

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