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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1881 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6363
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
10,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$24,150 • PCGS MS67 • 1-1-2009 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 1,200 R-4.9 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 31 / 45 TIE 101 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 30 R-8.9 28 / 45 TIE 83 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
5 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66+ PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade
7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Heritage 12/2010:3691, $9,775

7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1881 Half Dollar has one of the largest mintages of the decade, but that means nothing because it was only a mere 10,000 coins.  In any other series, this would be a great rarity, but not so here.  The 1881 Half Dollar commands only a small premium over the typical type price, making it an excellent value for collectors and an unbeatavble combination of price and rarity.  As with many of its contemporaries, the 1881 Half Dollar is often found Prooflike -- so much so that it is sometimes confused with the more common and less valuable Proofs.  For that reason alone, certification is a must.