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Obverse of 1881 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1881 Half Dollar


1881 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6363, 6442

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 10,000
Proofs: 975

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, modified by Christian Gobrecht and Robert Ball Hughes, executed by James Barton Longacre; Reverse of Type I by Christian Gobrecht, Type 2 by William Barber

Diameter: ±30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: ±193 grains (±12.5 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-68.   Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 484, illustrated, sold for $11,500.00.

Recent appearances:
(illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20, 2001

NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8406, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00

PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1769, sold for $1,035.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1025, plated, sold for $2,760.00

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1026, not plated, sold for $833.75

Proof-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5641, not illustrated, sold for $402.50

PCGS Proof-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8405, not illustrated, sold for $575.00

Net Proof-60, sharpness of finer grades, lightly cleaned.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 426, not illustrated, sold for $414.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6010, not illustrated, sold for $1,495.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 295, unsold

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 212, illustrated, sold for $1,092.50

Choice Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1027, not plated, sold for $2,990.00

ANACS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8393, not illustrated, sold for $632.50  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1331, sold for $460.00  From the sale of the Baron Von Stetten-Buchenbach and Harry E. Smith Collections, November 1986, Lot 488

Very Fine.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 471, sold for $373.75

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 2 MS-67's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 10 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service