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: $6.45 (9/20/2019)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1872 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - 350 - - 600 675 750 990 1430 1930 4150 7000 12100 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 4700 - - -
1872 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 1000 1350 1850 3100 6200 11000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2100 - 7500 12500 - -
1872 50C PF Ultra Cameo
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

The chart showing 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 1872 50C PF
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Base-----------542332361283---123
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--------------1-1-----2
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Total-----------542333361383---125
 -----------4 %3 %18 %26 %29 %10 %6 %2 %--- 
1872 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1147563-2--29
----------------111---3
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Total-----------114767512--34
 -----------3 %3 %12 %21 %18 %21 %15 %3 %6 %-- 
1872 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1-111---4
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Total--------------1-111---4
 --------------25 %-25 %25 %25 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/20/1996 PCGS PF 65   Teletrade Auction 0895, 895/Lot# 1432 $2,160.00
4/28/2009 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 779 $5,462.50
1/3/2012 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(2), 1166/Lot# 3616 $2,185.00
5/27/2012 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1221 $2,070.00
11/23/2014 PCGS PF 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 831, 840/Lot# 258 $1,600.00
1/7/2015 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4993 $2,820.00
3/31/2015 PCGS PF 61   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33158 $646.25
1/4/2017 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(7), 1251/Lot# 9743 $616.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1285132513661408145114941539158316301678172617761940211523022910406450495352566862018097
1298133913801422146515091554159916461694174318311998217725053295439251505457584668330
0000001554159916461694174318311998217725053295439251505457584600
0000001568161416621710175918852057224027073679472152515563602300
1872 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1564161016561705175418041855190819612016207121282315251527272920312233353558379241905623
1579162516721721177118211873192619792034209021902382258627912987319334093636392546680
0000001873192619792034209021902382258627912987319334093636392500
0000001890194319982053210922532448265628563055326434843714405700
1872 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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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