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

1887 50C (Proof)

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PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67+

PCGS PR67+
PCGS #:
6448
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
710
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$16,100 • PCGS PR67 • 8-11-2011 • Heritage Auctions
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 650 R-5.7 10 / 25 TIE 39 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 625 R-5.7 10 / 25 TIE 39 / 55 TIE
65 or Better 80 R-8.2 13 / 25 TIE 38 / 55 TIE
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1 PR67+ PCGS grade

Daryl J. Haynor Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7197, $16,100

1 PR67+ PCGS grade
1 PR67+ PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade
4 PR67 PCGS grade
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1 PR67+ PCGS grade

Daryl J. Haynor Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7197, $16,100

1 PR67+ PCGS grade
1 PR67+ PCGS grade  
4 PR67 PCGS grade
4 PR67 PCGS grade
4 PR67 estimated grade  
7 PR66+ PCGS grade
8 PR66 PCGS grade
8 PR66 PCGS grade  
8 PR66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1887, the mintage of Proof Half Dollars was, at 710 pieces, the lowest since 1877.  Added to the only 5,000 examples made for circulation, it is easy to understand why this date is so popular.  For instance, if there were 6,000 collectors who wanted this date, it would be impossible to find.  Correspondingly, just a little increase in demand would dry up the available supply or, at least, make them much more expensive.  Already, the available supply of certified Proof 1887 Half Dollars is lower than for many of its contemporaries.

Approximately one-fourth of all Proof 1887 Half Dollars are Cameos.  In keeping with the other dates around it, the 1887 Half Dollar is extremely rare as a Deep Cameo.