Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,001
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.03 (8/23/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1888 50C MS obverse 1888 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The low mintages of half dollars from the 1879-1890 era were occasioned by the requirements of the Bland-Allison Act of 1878, which mandated the purchase of vast sums of silver for coinage into Morgan dollars. Interestingly, for some dates, although not the 1888, Seated half dollar experts Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert document more than one die pairing--a surprising development considering the maximum annual business-strike mintage during that time was about 12,000 coins.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1888 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 390 460 520 610 745 745 775 815 840 875 930 1000 990 1225 1575 4025 6900 14750 - - -
$ 800 840 885 910 950 1010 1100 1080 1350 1725 4300 7650 16000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 121
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 956 $833.75
9/23/2007 NGC MS 66   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2800 $3,795.00
7/18/2010 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2890, 2890/Lot# 2116 $1,322.50
3/8/2012 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1168/Lot# 3433 $3,220.00
11/29/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 9286 $258.50
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2215 $7,637.50
7/27/2013 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4266 $8,225.00
9/23/2013 PCGS MS 66   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20992/Lot# 2047 $7,020.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 9058 $822.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15025516096637058119089691008106611031124123914501692278132383902527570879699
1685185706276777408439289821027107811101162130915302055293334594359587979570
0000008439289821027107811101162130915302055293334594359587900
0000008759489951046109011171200137916112418308536804817648300
1888 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111602966103010721131117011921312153117842913338641915501735710023
1111120172398710441091114411771232138516152160307036544627611982450
00000072398710441091114411771232138516152160307036544627611900
000000844100810581111115711841272145816992536322839225064673800
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