Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,418,000
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.94 (9/27/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1876 50C MS obverse 1876 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Using silver mined from the rich Comstock Lode, the Philadelphia Mint churned out impressive numbers of Half Dollars from 1875 through 1877. These coins were meant to retire the hated fifty cent 'shinplasters' from the Civil War era, and, indeed, most of the 8.4 million coins delivered in 1876 entered circulation. Nonetheless, enough Mint State specimens have survived that type collectors will have little difficulty locating coins that grade up to an including the MS64 level. As a Gem, this issue is scarce.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1876 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 32.00 48.00 55.00 70.00 135 205 230 270 365 435 525 650 875 1550 4400 8300 17000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 700 950 - 4800 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 428
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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9/10/2006 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2588 $1,150.00
7/17/2011 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3102, 3102/Lot# 1521 $149.50
10/7/2012 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/07/2012, 43/Lot# 72244 $137.50
6/2/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 June 2 - 11 US Coins Internet Auction - Dallas Session(2), 131324/Lot# 20844 $123.38
3/23/2014 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 796, 805/Lot# 1053 $50.00
7/11/2014 NGC   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6138 $129.25
8/10/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131433/Lot# 25275 $188.00
10/27/2014 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98517 $11,456.25
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7747 $998.75
6/26/2016 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131627/Lot# 21742 $109.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11311942202724374635976747359251066117313631558216136014656632489981397821946
441522032373274465086236947989721102123614281759264139535212721510658166340
000000508623694798972110212361428175926413953521272151065800
0000005526487158621019113713001493196031214304576881071231800
1876 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base37298163179288401500604670758815856966117716002941343173821177611
26801191682153254345346266997778288921036131820473104474888461177610
0000004345346266997778288921036131820473104474888461177600
00000046756964872879684292911061459249432676065103111177600
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7215
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3601
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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