Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,203,600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 50C MS obverse 1871 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is a fairly common issue that becomes slightly scarce in grades XF and AU. Mint State survivors are borderline rare, though a number of gem examples have been certified. Most such coins are well struck, though a single die marriage is known with a rusted reverse die.

A total of 14 die marriages are known, and these resulted from different combinations of 11 obverse and nine reverse dies. The myriad collars seen in preceding Philadelphia Mint half dollars were reduced to just a single reed count of 145 for this date.

A couple of minor RPD varieties are known for 1871(P), and one of these is likewise a MPD, with the base of a stray numeral 1 embedded in Liberty's base.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1871 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 60.00 75.00 100.00 210 285 310 400 520 780 900 1080 1350 2350 5650 10000 12100 - - -
$ - - - - 525 - - - - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 179
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1871 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1121195231315172319151313611---179
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----------1-----------1
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Total1121195231315172419151313611---180
 1 %1 %1 %1 %11 %3 %13 %7 %8 %9 %13 %1 %5 %8 %7 %7 %3 %1 %1 %--- 

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2/22/1999 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1135, 1135/Lot# 1482 $81.75
9/14/2008 NGC MS 62   Goldberg September 14-16, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 48/Lot# 1743 $357.00
12/15/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/15/2013, 105/Lot# 148374 $429.00
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3487, 6036/Lot# 20264 $1,733.13
11/2/2014 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10188 $90.00
3/8/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131511/Lot# 25056 $211.50
5/31/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23513 $235.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1131194220282527575695793974112413031450175321612727406456888903140762245727233
441522032413645436157288531024118413521551188923503173460567601062716870240490
000000615728853102411841352155118892350317346056760106271687000
000000655760914107412431401165220252538361851477831123521966300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1184
Owner: dockj
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 974
Owner: Waverlee
 
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