Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,800
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.05 (9/26/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1879 50C MS obverse 1879 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

To begin with, this date is a real rarity in any condition, with only 4,800 business strikes for the entire year. Second, one usually sees only proofs of this date, since most of those were preserved by collectors, whereas the circulating coins were not.

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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 -
1879 50C MS Prooflike
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 242
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1277 $1,207.50
5/9/2007 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 812 $11,500.00
3/23/2008 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 2506, 2506/Lot# 1442 $235.20
6/4/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4534 $3,818.75
10/27/2014 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98520 $13,512.50
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10410 $485.00
3/31/2015 PCGS MS 92   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33171 $793.13
  PCGS MS 65   Bonhams $3,276.00
7/9/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(4), 1222/Lot# 7479 $871.85


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: Ugakoivet
 
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