Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 930
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.04 (8/21/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1885 50C PF obverse 1885 50C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The total coinage of proof and business strike half dollars was just 6,130 pieces, scant even by the standards of the limited-mintage 1878-1890 era.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/29/2014

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1885 50C PF
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1885 50C PF Cameo
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1885 50C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3250 6000 12250 25000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3850 7000 13500 30000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 284
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68


Upcoming Auctions

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9/6/2014 PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1209/Lot# 4161


Auction Prices Realized

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3/24/2004 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 March Portland, OR Signature Sale #344, 344/Lot# 5857 $3,565.00
8/25/2004 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 1927, 1927/Lot# 1187 $797.50
1/3/2011 NGC PF 67   Cameo Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 755 $6,900.00
1/30/2011 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1464 $1,495.00
6/3/2012 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/03/2012, 25/Lot# 54671 $1,887.60
10/18/2012 NGC PF 62   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4463 $1,057.50
9/8/2013 PCGS PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 768, 777/Lot# 7117 $1,975.00
9/25/2013 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3900 $3,525.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 50C PF
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0000001118411597776867949111913712008301239905003664700
00000012364696678168791007117215172353332543425313767100
1885 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111113815657859119481131129917542828380048885923906713012
111111112744263882792310091187145021123152416252336971103820
00000011274426388279231009118714502112315241625233697100
00000012545037118699351070124316022470347645255578801900
1885 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111142362085699010281223140018813009402451586637982314112
1111111141488698900100210931282156022573347440256517699112520
000000114148869890010021093128215602257334744025651769900
000000128255477794510151158134117202633368547806144876100
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Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 5923
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 5922
Owner: Zakmar
 
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