Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 960
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.52 (9/21/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 50C PF obverse 1871 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Proof coin production receded only slightly from the high figure of 1870. These numbers would vary a bit over the next decade, yet they remained almost consistently higher than the totals for 1862-69, reflecting a general increase in the number of collectors seeking proofs.

Walter Breen identified four die marriages, and these await confirmation in a future volume of Bill Bugert's Die Registry for Seated Liberty Half Dollars.

Gems are a bit more plentiful for this date than for the few immediately preceding, yet the quality of workmanship in die preparation is still off to the discriminating eye. Certified Cameo pieces are rare, with Ultra Cameo coins being especially so.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1871 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 750 990 1430 2250 4150 6250 12500 30000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 4750 - - -
1871 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1250 1575 2800 6300 8250 14750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3250 7900 - - -
1871 50C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2150 4000 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 160
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1871 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------3221827302920721--141
---------------1------1
---------------1------1
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Total---------3221827303120721--143
 ---------2 %1 %1 %13 %19 %21 %22 %14 %5 %1 %1 %-- 
1871 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------342142---16
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Total-------------342142---16
 -------------19 %25 %13 %6 %25 %13 %--- 
1871 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-11-----3
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Total-------------1-11-----3
 -------------33 %-33 %33 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/17/2005 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #361, 361/Lot# 1764 $589.95
9/19/2010 NGC PF 64   Cameo Goldberg $1,898.00
12/2/2010 PCGS PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2010 December Houston Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1147/Lot# 3694 $718.75
3/31/2011 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 2012 $3,162.50
5/27/2012 NGC PF 60   Teletrade Auction 3283, 3283/Lot# 1651 $345.00
8/11/2013 PCGS PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/11/2013, 87/Lot# 132096 $1,402.50
6/4/2014 NGC Details Proof Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1206/Lot# 8341 $440.63
9/7/2014 PCGS PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 820, 829/Lot# 641 $2,350.00
7/9/2015 NGC PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1222/Lot# 3146 $4,347.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1028106310971132116812061244128313221363140414471589173926642885403242894558483953147012
1040107411091144118112191257129613361377141814941639204727383267411843794652499758800
0000001257129613361377141814941639204727383267411843794652499700
0000001270130913491390143315421689235628113650420344684745515600
1871 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base112311591196123412721311135113931435147815231568171818782853308642894876608971041156816903
11351171120912471285132413651407144914931538161817712203293134874485528064278592133460
0000001365140714491493153816181771220329313487448552806427859200
00000013791421146415081553166818252528300838884680568567661008000
1871 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base941972100510371072110711421178121612551294133314211658206826283694421756567960864411047
95198310161049108411191154119112291268130713621500179522552983386846976424818894450
0000001154119112291268130713621500179522552983386846976424818800
0000001166120312421281132013921579193124413339404351767192841600
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 4558
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 4558
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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