Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.29 (5/29/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 50C MS obverse 1885 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

In 1885, a mere 6,130 half dollars were coined at the Philadelphia Mint. Of those, 5,200 were mint state, with the remaining 930 struck in proof. However, even with such a low business strike mintage, many were put away at the time, which makes this issue actually more common in mint state than not. The proof issue is actually more common today however, with just over 300 in the NGC census compared to only 75 mint state coins. (11/2016)

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1885 50C MS
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Base $ 475 560 600 665 840 900 940 1000 1015 1035 1050 1400 1675 2050 5450 8500 18500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 74
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66


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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1285 $2,300.00
5/28/2008 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 8681 $546.25
10/2/2008 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 288, 294/Lot# 8161 $1,385.75
2/2/2012 NGC Details VG Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 8412 $546.25
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30602 $708.53
9/14/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 215974 $450.00
3/6/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 258 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1053112412841333137515211594154215731609165816971753196922332495390253676685490564088529
1077117713001347142415451594155215851625167117161825205723202964439058066685540671150
0000001594155215851625167117161825205723202964439058066685540600
0000001594156315971642168417341897214524083433487962466685590700
1885 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111622993106011041166120612431410164417493021347442885610748010160
11111208745101510741124117912181298148816792173317237454728623383730
000000745101510741124117912181298148816792173317237454728623300
000000869103710891145119212301354156617142597332340165169685600
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