Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,150
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.19 (8/22/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1876 50C PF obverse 1876 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Proof coin sales rose dramatically in 1876, as Americans sought commemoratives of the nation's centennial. Many of these additional proofs were sold to tourists visiting the Philadelphia Mint as part of their journey to that city's centennial exposition.

Examples of the 1876 proof half dollar are a bit more common than surrounding dates, but the number of certified gems is not measurably different. It's likely that the coins sold to non-numismatists as centennial souvenirs were mishandled over the years and possibly even spent. The number of Cameo pieces is higher than the norm, but again few of these are gems.

All 1876 proof halves were coined with dies taken from the old reverse hub of 1866. These coins were delivered in two batches, 580 in the first quarter of the year and 940 in the second, according to Walter Breen. His total of 1520 proofs is in conflict with some other sources, and the lower figure shown here represents confirmed sales of silver proof sets (cent through half dollar). To show how difficult it is to arrive at an accurate count, Breen postulated that some of the sets delivered during 1876 were of coins dated 1875!

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1876 50C PF
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1876 50C PF Cameo
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 202
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/20/2019 1876 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------15112444461941---155
----------------1-----1
-----------------4----4
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Total----------15112444462081---160
 ----------1 %3 %7 %15 %28 %29 %13 %5 %1 %--- 
1876 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------359141222---47
-----------------2----2
-----------------1----1
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Total------------359141252---50
 ------------6 %10 %18 %28 %24 %10 %4 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/28/2006 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 2951 $3,565.00
4/16/2008 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 1166 $2,530.00
3/7/2011 NGC PF 60   Teletrade Auction 3026, 3026/Lot# 1400 $575.00
4/27/2011 NGC PF 61   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1154/Lot# 3711 $1,006.25
4/7/2013 PCGS PF 63   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 108920 $1,540.00
4/24/2013 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2259 $1,525.15
4/28/2013 PCGS PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 749, 758/Lot# 610 $1,400.00
5/19/2014 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3482, 6031/Lot# 20293 $1,703.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1876 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11001134117112081246128513251366140614501493153816861843216128073817546673747775844710811
1111114611831221125912981339137914211464150815871738194923763144436761027508799992350
0000001339137914211464150815871738194923763144436761027508799900
0000001352139314351479152316371791205525923480491667387641822300
1876 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base119712351274131413541395143714811525157016171664182019882324300440645787777581911121016334
12101248128713271368140914521496154015861633171618762100255133574638645079149197129180
0000001452149615401586163317161876210025513357463864507914919700
00000014661510155516011648176819322212277737115213711280521020400
1876 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base879908940971100410361070110411411177121412521381159920292525342745396089643770229094
889919950982101510471081111611531189122712951454174221942826379850566205663277130
0000001081111611531189122712951454174221942826379850566205663200
0000001093112911651202123913381526188623603126416855726321682700
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Grade: PF 67 CAMEO
Points: 7374
Owner: T. J. Newman Collection
 
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