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

1890 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6372
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
12,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$31,625 • PCGS MS67 • 11-3-2010 • Bowers & Merena
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2
150
1
2
3
225
1
3
4
375
4
4
6
425
1
6
8
475
2
8
12
575
3
12
15
625
1
15
20
675
2
20
25
700
1
25
30
725
1
30
45+
805
45+
50+
835
50+
53+
860
53+
55+
895
55+
58+
975
58+
60
1,000
60
62+
1,300
62+
63+
1,450
63+
64+
2,100
64+
66+
9,500
3
66+
67+
27,500
1
67+
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 175 R-7.2 28 / 45 TIE 96 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 45 R-8.6 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 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  
2 MS67 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  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS67 estimated grade  
8 MS66+ PCGS grade  
8 MS66 PCGS grade  
8 MS66+ PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1890 Half Dollar has a small mintage of only 12,000 pieces, which is actually on the high-end of the Half Dollar dates from the late 1800's.  Even so, it is fairly common in Mint State thanks to prescient collectors of the time, who set aside nice examples before they entered circulation.  The 1890 Half Dollar is slightly less common that the 1888 and 1889. but nowhere near as common as the 1891.  The most common Mint State grade is MS64, but other grades from MS62 to even MS66 are always available.  In MS67, the 1890 Half Dollar is very rare.

As is typical of Half Dollars of this period, the surfaces on the 1890's are usually Prooflike and, as a result, they are often confused with Proofs.  However, Proofs are slightly less valuable, so certification is recommended highly to get the attribution correct.