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1890 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6372, 6451

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 12,000
Proofs: 590

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-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 297, sold for $1,840.00

Gem Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "The University of Notre Dame Sale", March 20-21, 2001, Lot 398, plated, sold for $2,070.00

Proof-64 Cameo.  Ex-  Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale", October 5-7, 2000, Lot 6830, not illustrated, sold for $1,063.75

MS-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1771, sold for $1,035.00

ANACS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8395, not illustrated, sold for $460.00  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

EF-40. Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5570, not plated, sold for $333.50

VF. Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 479, sold for $287.50 

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 3 MS-67's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 9 PR-67's.

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

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

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