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: $6.23 (5/24/2017)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 55.00 80.00 110 180 265 290 325 500 550 675 915 1525 2050 5250 16500 - - - -
$ - - - - 510 - - - - 2275 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 109
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/18/1998 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1025, 1025/Lot# 1532 $545.00
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 569 $1,323.00
2/28/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #30, 34/Lot# 543 $69,000.00
12/8/2011 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(1), 1162/Lot# 3630 $805.00
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
1/8/2014 NGC MS 65   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4536 $4,139.53
7/13/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/13/2014, 203/Lot# 205513 $58.30
11/15/2015 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131547/Lot# 27132 $258.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115121226535152756372578380210361179133315311928238538176685635396761492023269
5117123029441053961774478988010841230139916632080286247736685746111424177030
0000006177447898801084123013991663208028624773668574611142400
0000006717647969581131128214651796223333405729668585681317200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1002
Owner: Rob Luxembourg
 
Grade: XF 45
Points: 563
Owner: Kenneth Forsythe
 
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