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

1881 50C, CA (Proof)

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PCGS PR67+CA

PCGS PR67CA

PCGS PR66+CA
PCGS #:
86442
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
975
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$14,950 • NGC PR67 • 5-25-2005 • American Numismatic Rarities
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Ron Guth: After topping out at 1,355 Proofs in the previous year, the mintage of Proof Half Dollars returned to a more normal number (975 pieces).  The mintage of circulation strike Half Dollars in 1881 was also small -- a mere 10,000 pieces.  Thus, any example of an 1881 Half Dollar -- Mint State or Proof -- is in high demand.  Because the quality of the Proofs made in 1881 is somewhat lacking, it is difficult to tell a Prooflike early strike from a true Proof, therefore we recommend certification to confirm status.  About a third of all Proof 1881 Half Dollars show Cameo contrast.  Deep Cameo Proofs are extremely rare, in keeping with virtually all of the previous dates.