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: $6.05 (5/28/2015)
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: 11/25/2014

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1888 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 390 460 520 610 745 775 815 840 875 1000 990 1225 1575 4250 7300 15750 - - -
$ 800 840 885 910 950 1100 1080 1350 1725 4950 9000 19000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 123
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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2/12/1997 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0919, 919/Lot# 1414 $1,890.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 956 $833.75
1/31/2010 NGC MS 66   Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 1093 $4,830.00
6/5/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 8227 $558.13
9/23/2013 PCGS MS 66   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 20992/Lot# 2047 $7,020.00
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8351 $1,586.25
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4972 $5,170.00
3/31/2015 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33172 $851.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base91097410811166128414441505147715211547158316391707169719072179354545126209527570879699
931101011091205133714641505149215301559160216621707176719982634386750786209587979580
0000001505149215301559160216621707176719982634386750786209587900
0000001505150615381571162016841707183720883090419056436209648300
1888 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111602966103010721131117011921312153117842913338641915501735710023
1111120172398710441091114411771232138516152160307036544627611982450
00000072398710441091114411771232138516152160307036544627611900
000000844100810581111115711841272145816992536322839225064673800
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