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

1889 50C (Proof)

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PCGS PR67

PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR66+
PCGS #:
6450
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
711
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$34,500 • PCGS PR67 • 1-5-2010 • 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 650 R-5.7 10 / 25 TIE 39 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 635 R-5.7 10 / 25 TIE 39 / 55 TIE
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  
1 PR67 PCGS grade  
1 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR66+ PCGS grade
5 PR66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR67 PCGS grade  
1 PR67 PCGS grade  
1 PR67 PCGS grade  
4 PR66+ PCGS grade
5 PR66 PCGS grade  
5 PR66 PCGS grade  
5 PR66 PCGS grade  
5 PR66 PCGS grade  
5 PR66 PCGS grade  
5 PR66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Proof 1889 Half Dollars are decidedly scarce thanks to a small mintage of only 711 coins (a slight drop from that of the previous year).  This was in the context of a mintage of only 12,000 strikes for circulation -- clearly the focus at the Philadelphia Mint was on the production of Silver Dollars and other denominations.  Of the Proof 1889 Half Dollars that have survived, most are of average quality (PR63 or so) and any that are PR66 or better are very scarce.  For some reason, the percentage of Cameo Proofs dropped this year and Deep Cameo Proofs are practically unheard-of.