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

1883 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
6365
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
8,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$28,750 • PCGS MS67 • 4-7-2005 • Bowers & Merena
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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 180 R-7.2 28 / 45 TIE 96 / 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

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 2/2015:108, not sold

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7140, $5,750

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 2/2015:108, not sold

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7140, $5,750

5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  
5 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1883 Half Dollar is a great date because of its miniscule mintage of only 8,000 coins.  However, it is a tough coin to find in any condition, thus many collectors resort to a Proof version (which is twice as plentiful as the Mint State edition).  To compund the problem, there are many examples that are so Prooflike that they are often confused with Proofs.  On the other hand, there is a tendency to designate Proofs as Mint State because of the higher value of the latter.

The typical Mint State 1883 Half Dollar grades out at MS64.  The very best coins are MS67 or better, with the finest example being a single PCGS MS67+.