Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 8,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.53 (2/22/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1883 50C MS obverse 1883 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

As was the case throughout the 1880's, the mintages of non-dollar silver coinage at the various mints plummeted. Such is the case with the 1883 Seated Liberty half dollar, which had a total mintage of a mere 9,039 pieces. All 1883 halves were struck at the Philadelphia Mint. 8,000 of those were mint state examples, with the remainder struck as proofs.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1883 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 450 540 565 650 790 890 920 940 1025 1035 1050 1225 1675 2000 5100 7250 22500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 1300 - - 5350 8000 26500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 88
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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4/11/2001 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1425, 1425/Lot# 1301 $1,188.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1283 $1,667.50
8/11/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10356 $690.00
4/21/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/21/2013, 71/Lot# 108955 $1,376.10
11/1/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1191/Lot# 4043 $1,762.50
8/8/2014 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21325 $1,204.38
11/2/2014 PCGS VG 10   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10413 $350.00
10/18/2015 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131543/Lot# 27113 $305.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base87994111661206135715051583155216091707173017991821192821062433363944997138525069699427
900101611791256140615311583157116421715175318061857198722152835392653797138582377880
0000001583157116421715175318061857198722152835392653797138582300
0000001583159016741722177618141892204723243237421262587138639600
1883 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111602966103010721131117012061410158918243047351844155827783610734
1111120172398710441091114411821274146916672231320438174885649688020
00000072398710441091114411821274146916672231320438174885649600
000000844100810581111115711941342152917452639336141165356716600
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