Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,178,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.89 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1871 S 50C MS obverse 1871 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With its generous mintage, the 1871-S half dollar is common across all circulated grades. Mint State examples are available, but in very limited numbers. Most coins of this issue were quite well made, with few of the problems associated with earlier S-Mint halves.

The San Francisco Mint requested eight obverse dies for 1871 half dollars, but no reverses. All eight of the first have been identified by Wiley and Bugert, along with six reverse dies. These were paired in various combinations to create the nine die marriages known for this date/mint. Two of the reverses display the Very Small S commonly seen on San Francisco half dollar since the motto was added in 1866. Two more utilized a Small Wide S quite similar but not the same as that seen on 1863-64 half dollars. Finally, there were two uses of a mintmark punch unique to 1871 within this coin series. It is similar to the Very Small S of earlier years, but a bit thicker and with heavier serifs. These varieties are popular among series specialists.

An amazing four different collar gauges are found for this issue---139, 140, 143 or 144 reeds. These varieties are not as highly sought as the mintmark styles, yet they are detailed in the Bugert Die Registry in connection with the die marriages for which they were used.

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Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1871 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 60.00 75.00 75.00 175 310 340 475 625 950 1150 1550 2450 3500 8400 16500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 161
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1871 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base272419122111162313-512662-----161
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Total272419122111162313-512662-----161
 1%4%1%2%12%7%13%7%10%14%8%-3%7%4%4%1%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11311942202885155638208659661303139315581949255532164694655710359165162655131940
441522032433645316498358991078133314481688215127753709531578241241119861283470
000000649835899107813331448168821512775370953157824124111986100
000000734850932119113631503181923532996420159369092144642320600
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1949
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1303
Owner: rcovert
 
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