Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 880,600
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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1872 50C MS obverse 1872 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Silver coins were still not at par with paper money in 1872, yet the Philadelphia Mint found justification for producing a fairly substantial run of half dollars. These were well made, with few technical problems. Common in grades below XF, the 1872(P) half dollar becomes progressively scarcer, with Mint State survivors being borderline rare. Nevertheless, several gems have been certified.

Some 10 die marriages are known from various pairings of eight obverse and four reverse dies. A uniform collar gauge was employed, this having 145 reeds. The only noteworthy variety found thus far is a misplaced date, with the bottom of a stray 8 visible within Liberty's base (WB-102).

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Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1872 50C MS
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Base $ 45.00 60.00 75.00 80.00 220 300 345 400 635 650 1000 1300 2500 3200 6000 15000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 96
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1872 50C MS
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Base-34-9619661110-254713----96
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Total-34-9619661110-254913----98
 -3%4%-9%6%19%6%6%11%10%-2%5%4%9%1%3%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1131194220295563620793847916108112711393188624013172424634867702119581876622962
4415220324538458267881187097111441312155720582658353042464891912114227201650
0000006788118709711144131215572058265835304246489191211422700
000000735829893102612081352172222292915388842466297105391649700
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1081
Owner: Heymikep
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 620
Owner: 123cents
 
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