Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 5,356,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.36 (10/22/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1877 S 50C MS obverse 1877 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

San Francisco reached the pinnacle of its half dollar production in 1877, and it would be another 40 years before this record was broken. The 1877-S half dollar is common across all grades through the lower range of Mint State. Gems are sufficiently available to the satisfy the demand from both date and type collectors.

Not surprisingly, given the high mintage, a total of 38 die marriages have been confirmed. These were the products of 31 obverse dies and a like number of reverses. Both Type 1 and Type 2 reverse hubs are seen, with the newer hub comprising about two-thirds of the extant coins. Three edge reed gauges are known 1877-S halves---147, 148 or 149.

Both the Very Small S and the Micro S are known for this issue. The latter is found only on Type 1 reverses, and seven such dies are known. It's likely that all of these were holdovers from the 1875 shipment made before adoption of the new hub in 1876. The Very Small S is found with either reverse, but it is scarce having the Type 1, of which just five dies are known. A variety highly sought by specialists has a Very Small S mintmark on a reverse dies that was hubbed with the Type 1 reverse over the Type 2. A similar transitional dual hubbing is found for 1877(P) halves, and both are rare.

The most popular variety for 1877-S is VP-001 (WB-103). The Very Small S was first punched far to the west of the final impression. Though shallow, it is clearly visible. The final S always shows some strike doubling, and this led to the variety formerly being known as a triple-punched S.

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Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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1877 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 42.00 60.00 75.00 80.00 160 235 260 310 415 430 480 675 925 1330 3500 5800 14750 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 1550 4400 8250 18250 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 571
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
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: 10/22/2019 1877 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base93454420361225447614152736634165---566
--------------1-1-----2
--------------222-1---7
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Total93454420361225447614152766837166---575
 2 %1 %1 %1 %8 %3 %6 %2 %4 %8 %13 %0 %7 %9 %13 %12 %6 %3 %1 %--- 
1877 S 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------121--1----5
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Total------------121--1----5
 ------------20 %40 %20 %--20 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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7/26/2003 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 7635 $546.25
12/22/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 312, 318/Lot# 2577 $276.00
1/9/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Teletrade Auction 2992, 2992/Lot# 1644 $276.00
1/30/2011 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1460 $3,680.00
4/28/2014 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3479, 6028/Lot# 20285 $867.15
7/27/2014 NGC MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 209197 $451.00
3/31/2015 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33169 $152.75
3/6/2018 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131811/Lot# 24029 $120.00
7/31/2019 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131932/Lot# 21341 $528.00
10/2/2019 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Tuesday & Wednesday US Coins Weekly Online Auction Session(1), 131941/Lot# 23265 $144.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1877 50C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base113119422027246348968473579310811138120614661644216136014375620987721360121318
4415220323733647255470175488911001161129315251816264138594986706310382161730
0000005547017548891100116112931525181626413859498670631038200
0000006197187749851119118313791585198931214117559879181199100
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1081
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 793
Owner: 123cents
 
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