Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.55 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 50C PF obverse 1878 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

A total of 820 proof half dollars were coined during the first quarter of 1878. Some 20 of these were held back, perhaps as being of insufficient quality to sell, leaving a pool of 800 pieces for sale. As it is, only 670 of these were placed before year's end, the balance being placed into circulation at face value in 1879.

The 1878 proof half dollar typically features the new reverse hub that debuted in 1876, but there have been recurring reports (none of them recent) of one or more Type 1 reverse (1866-76) proofs.

Gems of this issue seem to be a little more available than for most dates of the 1870s, at least according to NGC's census. A fair number of Cameo pieces have been certified, as well, though most of these fall short of the gem level.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1878 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 780 935 1380 1910 3900 6400 14000 35000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1500 2300 - - - -
1878 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1250 1600 2350 5750 9500 16500 55000 - -
$ - - - - - - - 1350 - 2800 - 10500 - -
1878 50C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2750 5000 - - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 226
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1878 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------13173261221621--155
-----------------1----1
---------------2--1---3
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Total-----------13173263221731--159
 -----------1 %2 %11 %20 %40 %14 %11 %2 %1 %-- 
1878 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1439271485---71
---------------1------1
---------------1------1
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Total-----------1439291485---73
 -----------1 %5 %4 %12 %40 %19 %11 %7 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/30/2005 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 242 $1,840.00
10/29/2006 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 2279, 2279/Lot# 1740 $896.00
6/25/2007 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 153, 158/Lot# 2103 $1,092.50
2/2/2012 NGC PF 61   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 8418 $690.00
12/22/2013 PCGS PF 64   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 106/Lot# 146696 $2,100.00
8/18/2015 NGC PF 62   Cameo Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42449 $881.25
9/7/2016 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1239/Lot# 4122 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1100113411711208124612851325136614061450149315381686184321612807406450495352566862018097
1111114611831221125912981339137914211464150815871738194923763226439251505457584668330
0000001339137914211464150815871738194923763226439251505457584600
0000001352139314351479152316371791205525923645472152515563602300
1878 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base119712351274131413541395143714811525157016171664182019882324300443225352566867201055415267
12101248128713271368140914521496154015861633171618762100255134434665545760197998121250
0000001452149615401586163317161876210025513443466554576019799800
0000001466151015551601164817681932221227773883500955636369927600
1878 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8799089409711004103610701104114111771214125213691589200925253345398459228428914111643
889919950982101510471081111611531189122712911442172921812798355846306757866699750
0000001081111611531189122712911442172921812798355846306757866600
0000001093112911651202123913301516186923533072377152767593890300
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 5352
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 5352
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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