Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 580,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1872 S 50C MS obverse 1872 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The high mintage of half dollars at San Francisco the previous year evidently satisfied the demand for these coins through much of 1872, as production dropped to little more than a quarter of the 1871-S issue. Slightly scarce in lower grades, the 1872-S half dollar become very scarce in grades XF and AU. Mint State pieces are genuinely rare, though when found are quite well made.

The San Francisco Mint requested and received 10 die pairs for half dollars. Not all were used, as only four obverses and three reverses have been identified. One of the reverse dies was used twice, for a total of four die marriages. This die had been used for 1871-S halves, too, and it displays the Small Wide S. A new punch debuted this year, the Medium Small S. Bugert reports that all die marriages for 1872-S half dollars are of about equal scarcity. A single collar gauge is known, this being of 154 reeds.

Collectors are warned to watch for extremely deceptive counterfeits of this issue having the Very Small S mintmark not used on genuine coins before 1875.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1872 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 95.00 125 200 465 650 715 975 1250 1850 2300 3125 3875 6500 20000 27500 36500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 54
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: 10/8/2019 1872 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1137854525-223123----54
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Total-1137854525-223123----54
 -2 %2 %6 %13 %15 %9 %7 %9 %4 %9 %-4 %4 %6 %2 %4 %6 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1267 $3,450.00
1/13/2008 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2475, 2475/Lot# 1310 $504.00
3/16/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131412/Lot# 22870 $270.25
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10390 $301.00
7/26/2015 NGC VF 25   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20286 $141.00
7/7/2016 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(5), 1237/Lot# 7427 $705.00
9/7/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1239/Lot# 5515 $4,230.00
9/7/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 September 7 - 10 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1259/Lot# 7551 $1,020.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1872 50C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base114322030453994910281073115213511558198922332807336544997258770410771166182592931227
481692483826769751043109912181420170220702424299337435419740787261272019722276950
000000104310991218142017022070242429933743541974078726127201972200
000000105811261285148918452152261631794121633875559749146692282500
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Grade: AU Details
Points: 537
Owner: D.Wasik
 
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