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

1884 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67+

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67
PCGS #:
6366
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
4,400
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$43,125 • PCGS MS67 • 11-3-2010 • 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 1,000 R-5.0 26 / 45 TIE 81 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 200 R-7.0 31 / 45 TIE 101 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 34 / 45 TIE 93 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67+ PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 11/2010:2078 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30523, $15,275

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

Bowers & Merena 11/2010:2078 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30523, $15,275

2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
6 MS66+ PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  
7 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1884 Half Dollar is a wonderful, low-mintage date.  In fact, circulation strikes are scarce enough that collectors often resort to purchasing Proof examples of the year just to fill the hole in their collection.  Because of the low mintage, many 1884 Half Dollars are fully Prooflike and, in fact, are sometimes confused as Proofs.  Conversely, Proofs are often so frosty in appearance that they are confused as circulation strikes.

The overall quality of this date is excellent.  Most examples grade out at MS64, but there are also tidy populations in MS63 and MS65.  MS66 examples are no more rare than MS65s, but in MS67, the 1884 Half Dollar becomes truly rare.