Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,377,600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.15 (10/23/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck over 1.3 million mint state and 800 proof Seated Liberty half dollars in 1878. Although the business strike had a much higher mintage, more proofs have been certified by NGC than business strikes. However, the mint state examples are much harder to find in gem or higher.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1878 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 114
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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Grade
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3/4/1998 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1029, 1029/Lot# 1545 $196.20
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 569 $1,323.00
3/27/2008 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 233, 239/Lot# 5858 $2,300.00
2/7/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3510 $1,292.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4243 $6,462.50
7/13/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 205513 $58.30
5/31/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23526 $258.50


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