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

1875 50C (Proof)

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PCGS PR67

PCGS PR66

PCGS PR66
PCGS #:
6436
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
700
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$14,300 • PR65 • 11-1-1988 • 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 600 R-5.8 9 / 25 38 / 55
60 or Better 570 R-5.8 9 / 25 38 / 55
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 8 / 25 TIE 30 / 55 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67 PCGS grade

Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 5/2003:6788, $5,750 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98510, $12,925 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2015:240, $9,694 - Heritage 3/2016:4910, $10,281 - Heritage 8/2016:4114, $8,813

1 PR67 PCGS grade  
1 PR67 PCGS grade  
1 PR67 estimated grade  
5 PR66 PCGS grade

Argo Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:2194, $8,813

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67 PCGS grade

Phil Kaufman Collection - Heritage 5/2003:6788, $5,750 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98510, $12,925 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2015:240, $9,694 - Heritage 3/2016:4910, $10,281 - Heritage 8/2016:4114, $8,813

1 PR67 PCGS grade  
1 PR67 PCGS grade  
1 PR67 estimated grade  
5 PR66 PCGS grade

Argo Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:2194, $8,813

5 PR66 PCGS grade

Heritage 12/2011:3642, $5,825 - Heritage 4/2013:2257, $4,406.25 - Heritage 2/2015:3123, $4,465

5 PR66 PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2012:4438, $4,113 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2016:460, $3,055 - D.L. Hansen Collection

5 PR66 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2016:4553, $4,935

5 PR66 PCGS grade  
5 PR66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The mintage of 1875 Proof Half Dollars was a mere 700 pieces.  However, virtually all of them went to collectors or dealers and most have survived since the time of issue.  The level of care given to many of the pieces left something to be desired, thus these often come with hairlines, an occasional contact mark, or they have been mishandled or cleaned.  Finding a superb example is a real challenge, as evidenced by the PCGS Population Report, which shows a majority of the census in PR63 and PR64, a dwindling number of PR65's, an even smaller number PR66's, and hardly any PR67's.  Fewer than a tenth of the certified examples are Cameos.  No Deep Cameos are known.  

One of the finest examples of which we are aware is the PCGS PR67 from the Kaufman and Gardner Collections.  This colorful example appeared at auction four times in the 2015-2016 period but appears to have finally found a good home.