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: $6.65 (2/24/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 50C MS obverse 1878 50C MS reverse


  
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1878 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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Grade
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Price
3/4/1998 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1029, 1029/Lot# 1545 $196.20
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1276 $2,415.00
2/28/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #30, 34/Lot# 543 $69,000.00
7/12/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8605 $776.25
7/13/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 205513 $58.30
7/26/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20290 $129.25
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 4060 $1,410.00
1/17/2016 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131604/Lot# 27223 $84.00
10/9/2016 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131642/Lot# 25164 $188.00


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