Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,304,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.47 (9/16/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1877 50C MS obverse 1877 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The minting of fractional silver coins continued at a frantic pace throughout 1877, and Philadelphia fell just short of its record production for 1876. This issue is very common in all circulated grades, and Mint State examples are fairly available right through the gem level (MS-65 and higher). Most of these coins were well made, with full or nearly full strikes and minimal die flaws.

So great was the coinage of 1877(P) half dollars that seven different collars have been identified! These are known with reed counts of 144, 147, 152, 154, 155, 156 or 157.

As of 1993, Wiley and Bugert had cataloged 15 die marriages consisting of the same number of obverse and reverse dies. These figure will undoubtedly rise when the Die Registry for Philadelphia half dollars of the period is published by Bill Bugert. The Type 1 reverse hub is very rare for 1877(P), with just a single die identified. Also rare is a transitional variety which has a Type 2 reverse is all aspects but one---the lower bud is open! This oddity may represent some hand work done while the new reverse was being perfected.

The 1877/6 overdate variety (FS-301) resulted when an 1876-dated die was impressed a second time with an 1877 date punch. The remants of the 6 are seen raised on the surface of the second 7, indicating that the 1876 date was punched to a greater depth than its replacement.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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1877 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 60.00 75.00 80.00 160 225 250 310 400 450 535 675 915 1400 3900 6200 12750 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 419
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
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: 9/10/2019 1877 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base5515203423341319234341638384125105---411
---------------1-22---5
--------------1-2-----3
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Total5515203423341319234341638394227127---419
 1 %1 %4 %5 %8 %5 %8 %3 %5 %5 %10 %1 %4 %9 %9 %10 %6 %3 %2 %--- 
1877 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------241---1---8
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Total------------241---1---8
 ------------25 %50 %13 %---13 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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1/29/2002 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #22021, 22021/Lot# 11171 $5,520.00
11/7/2010 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2955, 2955/Lot# 1604 $195.50
7/11/2013 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1187/Lot# 3165 $5,581.25
6/29/2014 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 172694 $105.00
7/11/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6141 $135.13
10/19/2014 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 826, 835/Lot# 158 $95.00
11/15/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131547/Lot# 27131 $176.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11311942202724374635976747649251044117313331573216136394512621682271268519781
44152203237327446508623704818965108712261413176926543930508068869713150500
00000050862370481896510871226141317692654393050806886971300
0000005526487348711004113012801493196531464221564875571119900
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1333
Owner: G & R coins
 
Grade: MS 61
Points: 1173
Owner: 123cents
 
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