Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.51 (2/22/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1879 50C MS obverse 1879 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 1879. In fact, the Philadelphia Mint struck a mere 4,800 business strike and 1,100 proof Seated Liberty half dollars that year. Today, the two issues are of very similar rarity and value. Slightly more proofs seem to have survived considering with about 250 business strikes and 300 proofs certified by NGC. (12/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1879 50C MS
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Base $ 450 510 530 625 790 815 835 850 900 990 1025 1150 1300 1700 3800 5200 15250 39000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 4500 8650 25000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 243
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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Date
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Grade
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Price
6/8/1998 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1056, 1056/Lot# 1516 $654.00
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1278 $603.75
1/7/2009 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 8630 $1,380.00
1/3/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 748 $1,552.50
12/15/2013 PCGS MS 67   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 782, 791/Lot# 234 $15,500.00
  PCGS MS 65   Bonhams $3,276.00
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1221/Lot# 4551 $1,292.50
4/27/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7943 $1,116.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1879 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base997106611101138120014101477146615311594164416681725180820722335363945266400876869619436
1020108111191159127014321477148815521611165216871753189621602770393551517189876877860
0000001477148815521611165216871753189621602770393551517189876800
0000001477150915731627166017061780198422473204423057757979876800
1879 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111663105111001131117712061221129113451600282833403853497865548792
11111221792106711101146118612111244130914302009299835114228550373000
000000792106711101146118612111244130914302009299835114228550300
000000921108311201161119612161267132715152418316936824603602800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7189
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: MS 64
Points: 3185
Owner: Ugakoivet1
 
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