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Obverse of 1885 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1885 Half Dollar


1885 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6367, 6446

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 5,200
Proofs: 930

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, modified by Christian Gobrecht and Robert Ball Hughes, executed by James Barton Longacre; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht, modified 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:

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The California Sale", October 2-3, 2000, Lot 1713, sold for $5,290.00

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot  6256, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00  From the Alex Highland Collection 

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1770, sold for $1,380.00

ANACS Proof-62.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 397, not plated, sold for $488.75

Proof-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 430, not illustrated, sold for $632.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6012, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

EF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 475, sold for $488.75

Varieties:

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

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS are 4 PR-65's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

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