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: $6.04 (12/10/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1884 50C MS obverse 1884 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The low mintage of this issue makes it a bit more scarce than most others in the 1879-90 period. This applies mostly to worn coins, as the there exists a disproportionately high number of Mint State survivors. These include a number of gems and a few certified as PL (prooflike).

A single die marriage was used for the currency strikes, and its obverse shows very slightly repunching of numeral 4 at its base. Two different collars were employed, these having either 152 or 153 reeds. The Wiley-Bugert book does not specify whether these are seen on both proofs and currency strikes or are each unique to one edition.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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1884 50C MS
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Base $ 475 540 630 715 950 1030 1080 1200 1250 1380 1500 1630 1750 2525 5000 7200 18000 50000 - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 92
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1884 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-13-213122111481921127---89
---------------1111---4
--------------211-----4
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Total-13-2131221114102123138---97
 -1 %3 %-2 %1 %3 %1 %2 %2 %1 %1 %1 %4 %10 %22 %24 %13 %8 %--- 
1884 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-1-1----3
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Total-------------1-1-1----3
 -------------33 %-33 %-33 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/24/2003 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 572 $5,175.00
8/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1927, 1927/Lot# 1186 $1,045.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7141 $10,350.00
9/14/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 215973 $350.00
11/2/2014 PCGS F 15   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10414 $450.00
10/28/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98707 $5,170.00
1/6/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(7), 1231/Lot# 8171 $1,175.00
7/7/2016 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1237/Lot# 3874 $11,162.50
8/2/2017 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(4), 1258/Lot# 5090 $7,050.00
2/22/2018 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1272/Lot# 4797 $1,110.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111627100110641107116712061243141015891824296834314241553773669984
11111209751102210781127118012181298146916672205312237014673614682380
000000751102210781127118012181298146916672205312237014673614600
000000876104310921147119312301354152917452586327639715105675600
1884 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111712331309135114881558153115731658173017991949200924482885367544316820504766198846
373115612581323139715111558154516011682175318491969215525943148392752276820557173610
0000001558154516011682175318491969215525943148392752276820557100
0000001558155916301706177618991989230227393412417960246820609500
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