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: $8.91 (10/20/2020)
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: 9/18/2020

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1871 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 56.00 60.00 82.00 105 210 285 310 400 520 780 900 1080 1350 2350 5650 10000 12100 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 185
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: 10/13/2020 1871 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1121205241316172619151313611---185
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----------1-----------1
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Total1121205241316172719151313611---186
 1%1%1%1%11%3%13%7%9%9%15%1%5%8%7%7%3%1%1%--- 

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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