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

1888 50C (Proof)

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PCGS PR68

PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR64
PCGS #:
6449
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
800
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$22,325 • PCGS PR0 • 11-16-2012 • Stack's Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 700 R-5.6 16 / 25 45 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 675 R-5.6 16 / 25 46 / 55
65 or Better 80 R-8.2 13 / 25 TIE 38 / 55 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2012:3157, $22,325

2 PR67 PCGS grade  

Daryl J. Haynor Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7198, $9,775 - Heritage 7/2015:3148, $8,225

2 PR67 PCGS grade  

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 8/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30545, $12,925

2 PR67 estimated grade  

Stack's/Bowers 3/2014:4029, $14,687.50

5 PR66+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2017:2146, $8,519

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR68 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2012:3157, $22,325

2 PR67 PCGS grade  

Daryl J. Haynor Collection - Heritage 8/2011:7198, $9,775 - Heritage 7/2015:3148, $8,225

2 PR67 PCGS grade  

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 8/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30545, $12,925

2 PR67 estimated grade  

Stack's/Bowers 3/2014:4029, $14,687.50

5 PR66+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 3/2017:2146, $8,519

5 PR66+ PCGS grade  
5 PR66+ PCGS grade  
8 PR66 PCGS grade
8 PR66 PCGS grade  
8 PR66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Collector demand for Proof Half Dollars appears to have increased in 1888, though the mintage of 832 coins still falls short of the decade's record of 1,355 Proofs (of the1880 Half Dollars).  A simultaneous doubling of the output of 1888 circulation strikes relieved some of the demand from future collectors because it is now slightly easier to locate a nice example.  The most frequently-seen grades are PR63 and PR64.  Most Proof 1888 Half Dollars are non-Cameos.  Approximately one-fifth show some Cameo contrast and only a small handful are Deep Cameos