Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 10,000
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.79 (8/31/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1881 50C MS obverse 1881 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

With only 10,000 business strikes produced this year, the 1881 (along with other low mintage dates from this decade) has long been sought out because of its perceived rarity.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1881 50C MS
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Base $ 390 490 515 615 725 750 850 875 950 1035 1050 1200 1550 1800 4600 7100 17500 - - -
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1881 50C MS Prooflike
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1881 50C MS Deep Prooflike
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 98
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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5/30/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 244 $2,875.00
11/14/2010 PCGS F 15   Teletrade Auction 2959, 2959/Lot# 1605 $460.00
3/31/2011 NGC MS 65   Prooflike Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 2022 $4,600.00
10/13/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(4), 1160/Lot# 8574 $322.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1756 $3,818.75
7/11/2013 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 5006 $3,525.00
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


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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