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1889 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6371, 6450

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 12,000
Proofs: 711

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

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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 734, illustrated, sold for $3,220.00

Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1334, sold for $805.00  From the sale of the River Oaks and C.W. Krugjohann Collection, Part II, November 1976, Lot 596

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 435, not illustrated, sold for $690.00

PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8394, not illustrated, sold for $690.00  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

PCGS AU-50.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6014, not illustrated, sold for $576.15

Strong EF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 478, sold for $488.75

Very Good.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1029, not plated, sold for $230.00

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 8 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-67's.

The finest Proof Cameo examples graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

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