Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 6,026,800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.95 (7/19/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1875 50C MS obverse 1875 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Specie Resumption Act of January 14, 1875 authorized the paying out of fractional silver coins in exchange for either gold or paper money at par. With the price of silver falling throughout that decade, this action was a reasonable step toward restoring hard money to daily commerce. The U. S. Mint responded by producing many millions of dimes, quarters and halves over the next few years, so many in fact that coining had to be reigned in by 1878.

The 1875(P) half dollar is a common issue across all grades, though gem Mint State pieces are in short supply. Perhaps due to such a high mintage, some of these coins are not fully struck, but collectors can afford to be picky.

As of 1993, Wiley and Bugert had identified 11 die marriages from the same number of obverse dies paired with nine reverses. When Bugert's Die Registry for 1873-91 Philadelphia half dollars is published, these numbers will certainly rise. There are no collectible varieties for this date, unless one pursues the four different collar gauges known: 144, 145, 154 or 156 reeds.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1875 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 60.00 72.00 80.00 160 215 240 300 365 430 525 700 1000 1550 4600 8125 17000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1800 5350 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 404
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1875 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base15155252528151730511255254331151---399
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---------------3------3
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Total15155252528151730511255254361151---402
 0 %1 %4 %1 %6 %6 %7 %4 %4 %7 %13 %0 %6 %13 %13 %9 %3 %1 %0 %--- 
1875 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1--31-----5
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Total------------1--31-----5
 ------------20 %--60 %20 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/7/1999 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1232, 1232/Lot# 1146 $392.40
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 61   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2371 $425.50
8/25/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 766, 775/Lot# 5256 $99.00
6/16/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20388 $188.00
6/16/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers iAuciton 3486, 6035/Lot# 20389 $193.88
7/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202637 $1,200.00
1/18/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131504/Lot# 27344 $79.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11311942202724374635976747359581066117313031583219737124604654591761422822302
441522032373274465086236948099941102121613961788270240095251742210860169190
000000508623694809994110212161396178827024009525174221086000
0000005526487158841030113712601490199232074307589882991254400
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1303
Owner: pulver set
 
Grade: AU Details
Points: 299
Owner: 123cents
 
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