Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,039
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.94 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1883 50C PF obverse 1883 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Speculative interest in the low-mintage circulating half dollar continued to add to sales of the proof edition. The proof-only trade dollar likewise boosted sales of silver proofs in general, though this bump would end after 1883. As was typical, the majority of proofs were struck during the first quarter of the year, some 675 pieces, followed by 210 in the second, 50 in the third and 140 in the fourth. Not all of these were sold, and 36 half dollars were melted after the end of the calendar year.

This is another relatively common entry within the long series of proof Seated Liberty Half Dollars. Gems are sufficiently available to satisfy the demand from advanced collectors. The percentage of certified Cameo pieces is high enough to make them collectible, too, though Ultra Cameo coins are in very short supply.

Two die marriages are known for this issue, these consisting of two obverse dies used with a single reverse.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 6/10/2019

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1883 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 550 600 725 950 1300 2000 3700 5650 11750 30000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 6250 - -
1883 50C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 650 775 1250 1625 2300 4400 6500 15000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1700 2600 4750 7500 - -
1883 50C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3500 8500 12500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3800 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 325
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 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: 10/20/2020 1883 50C PF
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Base--------1--213204284402343--232
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Total--------1--213204284402453--234
 --------0%--1%6%9%18%36%17%10%2%1%-- 
1883 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------512202018661--88
---------------112-2--6
--------------1111----4
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Total------------512212220963--98
 ------------5%12%21%22%20%9%6%3%-- 
1883 50C PF UC
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Base---------------2-3----5
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Total---------------2-3----5
 ---------------40%-60%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1883 50C PF CA
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Base94197210051037107211071142117812161255129413331477192822152643360142906089643770227646
95198310161049108411191154119112291268130713811627202423582962383148906205663272300
0000001154119112291268130713811627202423582962383148906205663200
0000001166120312421281132014291778211925003282406054896321682700
1883 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1743179318441896195020042059211521732232229223532555277029973238481753675684601465717166
1760181018611914196820222078213421932252231224202627284630773764500054735794620067690
0000002078213421932252231224202627284630773764500054735794620000
0000002096215422122272233324882698292131584291518455785904638500
1883 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base796826853882913943975100810411075120612691425167019692464332440325515796086449370
806835863892923954986101910521119122713211507177021342751356045266330818888860
000000986101910521119122713211507177021342751356045266330818800
000000997103010641162124813731588186922993037379650217145841600
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Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 6632
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 6437
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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