Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,418,000
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.40 (7/31/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1876 50C MS obverse 1876 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Using silver mined from the rich Comstock Lode, the Philadelphia Mint churned out impressive numbers of Half Dollars from 1875 through 1877. These coins were meant to retire the hated fifty cent 'shinplasters' from the Civil War era, and, indeed, most of the 8.4 million coins delivered in 1876 entered circulation. Nonetheless, enough Mint State specimens have survived that type collectors will have little difficulty locating coins that grade up to an including the MS64 level. As a Gem, this issue is scarce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1876 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 32.00 48.00 55.00 70.00 125 125 190 225 255 360 450 525 675 850 1550 4400 7850 16500 - - -
$ 135 210 240 275 390 500 575 750 950 1650 4800 8500 18000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 372
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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8/9/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7787


Auction Prices Realized

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3/12/1993 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1993 Early Spring ANA Bullet Sale #101, 101/Lot# 439 $962.50
5/9/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2850, 2850/Lot# 2061 $74.75
10/27/2010 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 October Stamford Coinfest Signature US Coin Auction #1145, 1145/Lot# 9809 $805.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 739 $3,538.55
3/18/2012 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/18/2012, 13/Lot# 39319 $48.00
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7885 $940.00
8/11/2013 PCGS VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 764, 773/Lot# 749 $95.00
11/18/2013 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3457, 3457/Lot# 1298 $70.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163891471632653694635636247117648029081110151528073281586189981397821946
21711081521972994004965836537287768379751245194529654141690610658166340
000000400496583653728776837975124519452965414169061065800
0000004315296036827467898721042138023763123500179521231800
1876 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37298163179288401500604670758815856966117716002941343173821177611
26801191682153254345346266997778288921036131820473104474888461177610
0000004345346266997778288921036131820473104474888461177600
00000046756964872879684292911061459249432676065103111177600
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2807
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 2807
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
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