Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,100
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.75 (12/18/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 50C PF obverse 1879 50C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In order for the operational mints to conform to the terms of the Bland-Allison Act of 1878, production of the other silver denominations had to take a back seat to the Morgan Dollar. For the Seated Half this meant an era of limited Philadelphia Mint deliveries that spanned from 1879 through the end of the series in 1891. The former year witnessed the production of only 4,800 business strikes and 1,100 proofs. Catalogers and other numismatists who overstate the rarity of these deliveries seem to forget that the limited mintage figures were recognized at the time of delivery. As such, many examples were set aside for posterity. On the other hand, few that were have survived with truly pristine surfaces.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/26/2014

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1879 50C PF
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1879 50C PF Cameo
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1879 50C PF Ultra Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 306
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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1/19/1998 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 1016, 1016/Lot# 1370 $490.50
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2382 $632.50
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1753 $1,840.00
10/18/2012 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4447 $1,057.50
9/25/2013 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1189/Lot# 6456 $6,462.50
12/1/2013 PCGS PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/01/2013, 103/Lot# 142296 $1,090.10
3/23/2014 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 1054 $2,631.00
11/6/2014 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(2), 1211/Lot# 3740 $4,259.38


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8939239549861019105310871123115711961233127113811609202925103324395257477960864411516
903933964997103010641099113411701208124513071457174921892781353345506484818896010
0000001099113411701208124513071457174921892781353345506484818800
0000001111114511831220125813441533188923493052374251487222841600
1879 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base6486726977217477748008298588889169489661843216126143467418765458247894912230
65668070572975678280983886889792695412581949231228983707497371128481100420
0000008098388688979269541258194923122898370749737112848100
0000008198488789069379601550205524633182394757597679871500
1879 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15681614166117091759180918601913196720212077213322942464275430093685436162868644937012413
15831629167717251775182618771931198520392095218623502560283932343910500270728886103840
0000001877193119852039209521862350256028393234391050027072888600
0000001895194920032058211422402407265729243459413556447858912800
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Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 8247
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 68
Points: 7960
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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