Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,800
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.70 (7/6/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 50C MS obverse 1879 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

To begin with, this date is a real rarity in any condition, with only 4,800 business strikes for the entire year. Second, one usually sees only proofs of this date, since most of those were preserved by collectors, whereas the circulating coins were not.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/25/2014

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1879 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 450 480 500 545 715 765 825 885 935 1020 1110 1430 1800 4500 7350 17000 39000 - -
$ 775 855 890 950 1010 1120 1220 1570 2100 5100 8650 25000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 241
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
12/4/1996 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0899, 899/Lot# 1396 $1,890.00
1/12/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 7362 $805.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1277 $1,207.50
11/20/2006 NGC MS 66   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 114, 119/Lot# 1019 $4,922.00
12/3/2009 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 733 $9,200.00
1/5/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3812 $977.50
1/1/2013 PCGS VG 10   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 14403 $426.53
11/1/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1191/Lot# 3620 $5,875.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base997106611101138120014101477146615311594164416681725180820722335363945266400876869619436
1020108111191159127014321477148815521611165216871753189621602770393551517189876877860
0000001477148815521611165216871753189621602770393551517189876800
0000001477150915731627166017061780198422473204423057757979876800
1879 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111663105111001131117712061221129113451600282833403853497865548792
11111221792106711101146118612111244130914302009299835114228550373000
000000792106711101146118612111244130914302009299835114228550300
000000921108311201161119612161267132715152418316936824603602800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7189
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 5069
Owner: #
 
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