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: $5.28 (9/5/2015)
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: 3/13/2015

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1879 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 690 950 1400 2075 3800 5550 13000 38000 - -
$ - - - - - 740 1050 1500 2275 4100 6450 16000 -
1879 50C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1175 1600 2400 4350 6600 19500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1879 50C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 2500 - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 304
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2382 $632.50
11/6/2005 PCGS PF 62   Teletrade Auction 2114, 2114/Lot# 1307 $532.00
10/24/2006 NGC PF 67   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2006 October Dallas Signature Coin Auction #428, 428/Lot# 1207 $6,900.00
2/28/2012 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3345 $2,875.00
11/15/2013 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33787 $940.00
2/3/2014 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1202/Lot# 3860 $1,468.75
3/9/2014 PCGS PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 156607 $1,320.00
3/23/2014 NGC PF 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 1054 $2,631.00
6/9/2014 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20386 $1,645.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8939239549861019105310871123115711961233127113811609202925103324395257478686941511970
9039339659971030106410991134117012081246130814571749218927813533455067278929102670
0000001099113411701208124613081457174921892781353345506727892900
0000001111114611831221125813441533188923503053374351497706917200
1879 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1100113411711208124612851325136614061450149315381686184321612671352543196753712977609985
1111114611831221125912981339137914211464150815871738194923312956379051306878733985020
0000001339137914211464150815871738194923312956379051306878733900
0000001352139314351479152316371791205525013240405459427004755000
1879 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1581162816761724177318251876192919822038209421502339254027542948315233663591382742275669
1597164416921740179018421894194720012057211322132406261128193016322334413670396047080
0000001894194720012057211322132406261128193016322334413670396000
0000001911196420192075213122762473268328833084329535163748409400
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 8686
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 7129
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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