Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 3,200,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.94 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1875 S 50C MS obverse 1875 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Like the other mints this year, San Francisco contributed to the great effort in retiring fractional currency notes with silver coin. As a result, the 1875-S half dollar is common across all grades. There is a generous supply of Mint State coins, too, including a number of gems for the type collector.

The San Francisco Mint requested just six obverse dies for the upcoming year of 1875, perhaps not realizing the impact that implementation of the Specie Resumption Act would have on its workload. The number of dies shipped is not known, but 16 obverses have been identified in the Bugert Die Registry book. These were paired with 15 reverses to comprise the 22 die marriages thus far identified. 1875-S half dollars were coined with collars having either 147 or 148 reeds.

Four different mintmark sizes were used for this issue, making it a variety collector's delight. Most dies display the Very Small S which debuted this year and is the common variety for it. Also used was a single reverse die having the Small Wide S dating from 1871. The Medium Wide S, seen also on 1874-S halves, is likewise represented with just a single die. As in the previous year, this mintmark is placed extremely low in the field and tilted at an odd angle. Finally, there is just a single die bearing a Micro S which would become more familiar on 1876-77 San Francisco halves. For the 1875-S issue, however, it is rare.

It should be noted that dies were prepared in batches, and the appearance of a particular mintmark punch over several years does not mean that new dies having that punch were made for each year. In all likelihood, these were dies that remained usable but had been set aside unintentionally until they were randomly selected in a later years.

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Last Updated: 6/26/2019

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1875 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 42.00 60.00 75.00 80.00 160 220 245 300 365 450 550 700 925 1400 3500 6250 24500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 289
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
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: 10/20/2020 1875 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base327613875915321263235542761---289
--------------1-------1
---------------211----4
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Total327613875915321263236562871---294
 1%1%2%2%4%3%2%2%3%5%11%0%9%11%12%19%10%2%0%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1875 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11311942202724635156537157548911028117313331589217936014694728786301333320831
441522032373364805616747288009371076122614181786265339655558773510198158320
000000561674728800937107612261418178626533965555877351019800
000000607694741845982112512801504198231274330642381821176500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 891
Owner: Heymikep
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 463
Owner: Rays collection
 
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