Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,200
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.10 (4/17/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1885 50C MS obverse 1885 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The beginning collector armed with only a copy of the Guide Book might be tempted to classify the 1885 as a rare coin. After all, federal records indicate that only 6,130 pieces were produced in both business strike and proof formats. What the Guide Book will not tell one is that many business strikes were preserved at the time of issue with the result that Mint State coins are probably more plentiful than circulated survivors in today's hobby. Gems, however, are seldom seen.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1885 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 490 610 650 685 815 815 835 865 900 950 990 1050 1300 1650 2050 5250 11000 19000 - - -
$ 885 900 935 975 1020 1100 1150 1400 1800 2250 5750 12000 21000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 70
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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8/18/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 6249 $1,495.00
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 250 $2,070.00
10/2/2008 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 288, 294/Lot# 8161 $1,385.75
9/4/2011 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1291 $776.25
2/2/2012 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(1), 1167/Lot# 3658 $661.25
10/17/2012 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3156 $9,400.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4259 $8,225.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base17057547838028388869339971039110011381173133315581658288533243826490564088529
23572176378981485490195410111059111211491226140815912067303134914185540671150
00000090195410111059111211491226140815912067303134914185540600
00000091797510251079112511611279148316242476317736584545590700
1885 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111622993106011041166120612431410164417493021347442885610748010160
11111208745101510741124117912181298148816792173317237454728623383730
000000745101510741124117912181298148816792173317237454728623300
000000869103710891145119212301354156617142597332340165169685600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 3324
Owner: yeoldeone
 
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