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: $5.69 (7/4/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 32.00 48.00 55.00 70.00 125 190 225 255 360 525 675 850 1550 4400 7850 16500 - - -
$ 135 210 240 275 390 575 750 950 1650 4800 8500 18000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 395
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Date
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2/3/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24022, 24022/Lot# 13391 $925.75
9/10/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2588 $1,150.00
5/20/2012 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 3279, 3279/Lot# 1860 $340.00
6/16/2013 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131326/Lot# 24111 $74.00
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4738 $1,116.25
1/5/2014 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 785, 794/Lot# 631 $540.00
3/21/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(3), 1198/Lot# 11346 $440.63
4/14/2014 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3477, 6026/Lot# 20291 $7,520.00
4/27/2014 NGC VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 189243 $73.70


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11311942202724374635976747359251066117313631558216136014656632489981397821946
441522032373274465086236947989721102123614281759264139535212721510658166340
000000508623694798972110212361428175926413953521272151065800
0000005526487158621019113713001493196031214304576881071231800
1876 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37298163179288401500604670758815856966117716002941343173821177611
26801191682153254345346266997778288921036131820473104474888461177610
0000004345346266997778288921036131820473104474888461177600
00000046756964872879684292911061459249432676065103111177600
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7215
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3601
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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