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: $6.29 (5/28/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1884 50C MS obverse 1884 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In the early 1880's, mintage of Morgan dollars were really ramping up at the Philadelphia Mint. Over 14 million Morgans were struck in 1884, taking up much of the mint's production capacity. Due to this, only 4,400 mint-state half dollars were struck at the facility this year, along with 875 proofs. While the survival rate for the mint state pieces is much higher than normal due to collectors of the time recognizing the low mintage, more proofs have been submitted to NGC than MS coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1884 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 460 555 590 675 835 900 940 990 1075 1125 1175 1450 1750 1950 5000 7000 18500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 92
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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8/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1927, 1927/Lot# 1186 $1,045.00
5/25/2008 PCGS MS 67   Goldberg May 25-27, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 47/Lot# 3983 $10,120.00
1/5/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 January Tampa FUN Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(1), 1151/Lot# 3813 $2,530.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4257 $6,462.50
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3529 $1,292.50
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
10/29/2015 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1225/Lot# 7541 $517.00
9/7/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1239/Lot# 4109 $1,351.25


NGC Registry

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