Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,418,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.86 (10/20/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1876 50C MS obverse 1876 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue had the largest mintage of any in the Seated Liberty Half Dollar series, and it is very common across all grades. There are a number of gem survivors for both the date and type collector. Most 1876(P) halves were well made, though some will show a bit of weakness at Liberty's head and the eagle's right leg and claw.

Some 14 die marriages were cataloged by Wiley and Bugert from an equal number of obverse and reverse dies. Given this issue's high production, more will undoubtedly be found. Three collars are known, these having either 144, 155 or 156 reeds.

A slightly modified reverse hub was introduced this year, and dies taken from either old and new hubs were used for 1876(P) half dollars. Coins having the Type 2 reverse, with the lower branch bud closed, are slightly more scarce, but the difference is not great enough to command a premium. Several repunched date (RPD) and misplaced date (MPD) varieties are known, and the better ones will be attributed by NGC under its VarietyPlus Service.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1876 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 49.50 60.00 75.00 80.00 150 230 260 300 370 435 485 600 940 1520 4075 7200 16000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 700 950 1850 4800 8500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 504
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/13/2020 1876 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base611131042294019384454240475138122----498
--------------2-------2
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Total611131042294019384454240485438122----502
 1%2%3%2%8%6%8%4%8%9%11%0%8%10%11%8%2%0%---- 
1876 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------222------6
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Total-------------222------6
 -------------33%33%33%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37298163179288401500604670758815856966117716002941343173821177611
26801191682153254345346266997778288921036131820473104474888461177610
0000004345346266997778288921036131820473104474888461177600
00000046756964872879684292911061459249432676065103111177600
1876 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11311942202724374635976747359251066117313631558216136014656632489981397821946
441522032373274465086236947989721102123614281759264139535212721510658166340
000000508623694798972110212361428175926413953521272151065800
0000005526487158621019113713001493196031214304576881071231800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7215
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 4656
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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