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: $9.27 (7/30/2021)
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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Last Updated: 5/3/2021

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1884 50C MS
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Base $ 475 540 630 675 950 1030 1080 1200 1250 1380 1500 1630 1750 1950 5000 7200 15000 50000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 91
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: 7/27/2021 1884 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-13-213122111482020126---88
---------------1111---4
--------------211-1---5
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Total-13-2131221114102222138---97
 -1%3%-2%1%3%1%2%2%1%1%1%4%10%23%23%13%8%--- 
1884 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1-1-1----3
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Total-------------1-1-1----3
 -------------33%-33%-33%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1884 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base113111701264138414421749179918281876198520292138223323312417255239844674632499181072111572
1144120113041403154417661809184419122000206521702266236024623029421452247522101861100512151
00000018091844191220002065217022662360246230294214522475221018600
00000018181860194920142102220122982388250735074444577487201045300
1884 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base106611031193130913631658170717351781188619282033212422192302243338174485608995881037211203
107811331232132714611674171617501816190019632063215622472346289440405020725598491064911763
0000001716175018161900196320632156224723462894404050207255984900
00000017261766185119141998209421872274238933564262555484221011100
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