Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,400
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.70 (9/19/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1884 50C MS obverse 1884 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The P-mint Seated halves from 1879 to 1890 have tiny mintages, as series specialists can attest. This is due primarily to the millions of Morgan dollars that the Philadelphia Mint pumped out with annual celerity, mandated by the Bland-Allison Act. Mintages of Seated half dollars, ranged during this era from 4,400 to 12,001 business strikes per year. Of them all, the 1882 and 1884 mintages are tied for the smallest--4,400 pieces each year. Judging by the certified population data, collectors and/or the general public were certainly aware of the tiny mintages, as the numbers extant today are several times the typical surviving population.

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1884 50C MS
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Base $ 485 570 630 665 785 785 825 865 950 1025 1100 1275 1350 1975 2750 4600 7000 20000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 87
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 572 $5,175.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 249 $1,840.00
6/1/2008 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2536, 2536/Lot# 1513 $4,816.00
8/22/2011 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 612, 619/Lot# 2305 $5,405.00
1/3/2012 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(1), 1166/Lot# 3245 $32,200.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4257 $6,462.50
9/25/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8345 $940.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base169571578382985690094110041044110111381173133315051730283432814111504766198846
23270173779883887091396210171063111311491226139015802098298335574423557173610
00000091396210171063111311491226139015802098298335574423557100
00000092798310301082112511611279144716552466313238344735609500
1884 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111627100110641107116712061243141015891824296834314241553773669984
11111209751102210781127118012181298146916672205312237014673614682380
000000751102210781127118012181298146916672205312237014673614600
000000876104310921147119312301354152917452586327639715105675600
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