1908 50C PR68 Certification #30775281, PCGS #6555

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Sales of Proof Half Dollars declined again in 1908 to a new low of 545 pieces.  In fact, there hadn't been a mintage that low since 1877.  Thus, collectors of today will have a little bit more of a challenge to find an example of this date than some of the contemporary years, but fortunately, there is not much of a premium attached to this date.  However, the quality of this date is somewhat spotty, with most certified examples appearing in PR62 to PR63.  Once again, Cameo examples are very rare and Deep Cameo examples are nonexistent.  This may have been what killed collector enthsiasm for this date -- people remembered and longed-for the glorious, black-and-white, Deep Cameo Proofs of the early years and disdained those with a Brilliant finish (though that is pure sepculation).

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Charles E. Barber
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
545
Weight
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
0
Pop Lower
225
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 475 R-6.0 3 / 24 TIE 3 / 24 TIE
All Grades 465 R-6.0 3 / 24 TIE 3 / 24 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 3 / 24 TIE 3 / 24 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade PR68 PCGS grade

Simpson Collection

1 PR68 PCGS grade
1 PR68 PCGS grade
1 PR68 PCGS grade
5 PR67 PCGS grade PCGS #6555 (PR)     67