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Obverse of 1891 Half Dollar

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PCGS Nos: 6373, 6452


Circulation strikes: 200,000
Proofs: 600

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) below the eagle on the reverse

Image courtesy of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 214, illustrated, sold for $3,565.00

Proof-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Lake Geneva Sale", June 28-29, 2001, Lot 436,  illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 480 at $2,645.00

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 215, illustrated, sold for $2,300.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 486, illustrated, sold for $1,328.25

MS-63 Prooflike.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1768, not illustrated, sold for $489.00

MS-62.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1335 at $345.00


Proof 1891 Half Dollars were sold by the Mint as part of six-piece sets consisting of the silver and minor coins in Proof (individual coins were not sold separately).

The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-67's.

The finest Proof 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

"An Index of the Coins & Medals of The Cabinet of the Mint of the United States at Philadelphia" by R.A. McClure, Curator, 1891