Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.66 (2/26/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1881 50C MS obverse 1881 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint struck a mere 10,975 Seated half dollars in 1881. 10,000 were mint state strikes, with the balance being coined in proof. Today, both types are quite scarce, but NGC has actually certified far more proofs than mint state pieces.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1881 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 390 490 515 615 725 750 850 875 950 1035 1050 1200 1550 1800 4600 7100 17500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2000 4900 7600 26000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 99
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1280 $4,140.00
3/24/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 March Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #368, 368/Lot# 5764 $1,437.50
12/20/2009 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 2786, 2786/Lot# 1678 $391.00
7/27/2013 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4251 $4,406.25
10/20/2013 PCGS MS 65   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/20/2013, 97/Lot# 144051 $3,795.00
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10412 $605.00
3/27/2015 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 5563 $3,525.00
10/18/2015 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131543/Lot# 27112 $446.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1881 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9691036108111241206133314041381142114881583160916781865196923193601443164735694770910631
991105110951151124813571404139414431520159216321740190020862746387851126473636686830
0000001404139414431520159216321740190020862746387851126473636600
0000001404140814661551160016551803193422023174415457926473703700
1881 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111591948103010841157120612211319147219633047351844445883793410899
1111119771097510481108117312111253137016352324320438264923656689220
00000071097510481108117312111253137016352324320438264923656600
000000829100210661132118912161286142117992685336141355403725000
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