Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 12,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.29 (5/27/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1878 S 50C MS obverse 1878 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In order to keep up with the provisions of the Bland-Allison Act, the United States Mint had to greatly lower production of denominations other than silver dollars in 1878. In fact, whereas the San Francisco Mint had produced over 5.3 million half dollars in 1877, only 12,000 were struck the following year. This has made the 1878-S Seated Liberty half dollars one of the absolute keys to the entire set. All examples were struck from a single set of dies, and are distinguished by a small die chip in the recessed area between the left edge of the reverse shield and the first set of vertical stripes. NGC has certified a mere 13 examples of this extremely elusive issue. (12/2016)

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1878 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 39000 47500 57000 66000 88500 95000 99000 107500 110000 120000 130000 145000 177500 230000 300000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 13
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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10/13/2011 PCGS AG 3   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3763 $28,750.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4245 $164,500.00
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30521 $199,750.00
6/27/2014 PCGS FA 2   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1453 $17,037.50
7/11/2014 PCGS FA 2   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20301 $18,212.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1878 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base381785158968998110430116437287118631207512178123781275712937134461461915603171181707020621253493172937859
538386669306101311083411643881211934121091224512504128171310713837149471610817118182542219727476337720
00000088121193412109122451250412817131071383714947161081711818254221972747600
000000103381200412144123111263112877132761422815275166131711819437237732960200
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