Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950
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 PF obverse 1872 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 950 proof half dollars produced for this date could have been struck in a single day, yet this year's mintage of silver proofs was stretched out over nine small batches from January through December. This was a typical pattern for the period, the Mint not wanting to have too many on hand at any one time. This could have resulted in unsold remainders, and it also carried the risk of the delicate proofs being mishandled prior to sale.

Walter Breen identified two die marriages for this issue, though he was not too detailed in describing the reverse die or dies.

Gems are rare for the 1872 half dollar, with a small population of certified Cameo examples and very few Ultra Cameo pieces.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 8/31/2016

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1872 50C PF
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1872 50C PF CA
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1872 50C PF UC
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 156
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1872 50C PF
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Base-----------542333361283---124
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Total-----------542334361383---126
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1872 50C PF CA
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Base-----------1147463-2--28
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Total-----------114748512--33
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1872 50C PF UC
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 50C PF CA
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Base1285132513661408145114941539158316301678172617761940211523022910406450495352566862018097
1298133913801422146515091554159916461694174318311998217725053295439251505457584668330
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0000001568161416621710175918852057224027073679472152515563602300
1872 50C PF UC
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Base1564161016561705175418041855190819612016207121282315251527272920312233353558379241905623
1579162516721721177118211873192619792034209021902382258627912987319334093636392546680
0000001873192619792034209021902382258627912987319334093636392500
0000001890194319982053210922532448265628563055326434843714405700
1872 50C PF
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Base7137397667938208498799089581066113813631433168321062600373043194589487153497054
7227487758028308598899259941090121313861516182422712977392644094683503059170
0000008899259941090121313861516182422712977392644094683503000
00000089894110301114128814101600196524353353412344994777519000
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Grade: PF 67 UC
Points: 3558
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 66 UC
Points: 3335
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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