Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 4,400
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.38 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1882 50C MS obverse 1882 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage of half dollars in 1882 receded significantly from the previous year, yet this issue is not measurably more scarce. Mint State coins are plentiful in relation to the overall production, and both PL and DPL coins have been certified. With such a low mintage, the dies lost only a little of their original brilliance, and most survivors have reflective fields to some degree. Worn coins are scarce but have been certified across a broad range of grades.

A single pair of dies is known for the currency strikes. While some references cite both the old (1866-77) and new (1876-91) reverse hubs as existing for some dates in the early 1880s, it appears to be only proofs that were struck using older dies. Since the line between proofs and deeply reflective currency pieces is often blurred, such confusion was inevitable.

All 1882 half dollar have 156 edge reeds.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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1882 50C MS
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Base $ 475 530 615 740 915 975 1080 1130 1200 1230 1240 1530 1800 2275 5000 6800 16500 50000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 73
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1882 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--4132221161146138251--63
----------------1-2---3
---------------2--1---3
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Total--4132221161146159281--69
 --6 %1 %4 %3 %3 %3 %1 %1 %9 %1 %1 %6 %9 %22 %13 %3 %12 %1 %-- 
1882 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------11211-11---8
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---------------1------1
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Total-----------11212-11---9
 -----------11 %11 %22 %11 %22 %-11 %11 %--- 
1882 50C MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1--1----2
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Total--------------1--1----2
 --------------50 %--50 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
7/20/2004 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2004 July New York, NY Signature Sale #320, 320/Lot# 6522 $5,520.00
1/28/2007 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2319, 2319/Lot# 1512 $644.00
2/11/2007 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1461 $2,875.00
4/28/2009 NGC MS 68   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2479 $12,650.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7139 $9,775.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 60   Bonhams Coins and Medals, 19995/Lot# 1056 $760.00
7/12/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8609 $862.50
9/25/2013 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8341 $397.15
12/3/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 7616 $998.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1882 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111461221114721697111799182818471931201220552178251939304674656711009111144
38311711221491154716971600180918341875195820262096229229894178530580481100937150
0000001600180918341875195820262096229229894178530580481100900
00000011200181818411903198520412137240534604426593695281100900
1882 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base101110811152125213931609168316341707173517531834191119532072240137654485632410653788010785
10341105118512991465163416831658171617411780186019251993218228564005509877671065388480
00000016831658171617411780186019251993218228564005509877671065300
00000016831683172617471807188519392032229133104245571192101065300
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