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: $6.46 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 50C MS obverse 1885 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1885 half dollar falls into a pattern similar for the other "limited-edition" coins of 1879-90, yet it is noticeably more scarce at the Mint State level. In addition, fewer of the unworn survivors are gems. Worn examples are perhaps a little more available than those of 1884, 1886 and 1887, but they are less often seen than the other dates for the period.

A single die pair was used for these currency strikes. Collars are known with either 152 or 156 reeds, but the Wiley-Bugert book doesn't specify whether they were exclusive to either proofs or circulating coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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1885 50C MS
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Base $ 475 575 650 775 925 1050 1180 1230 1300 1380 1430 1580 1830 2300 5500 8750 18500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2650 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 80
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1885 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-3321433326-37717121----77
----------------1-----1
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Total-3321433326-37719131----80
 -4 %4 %3 %1 %5 %4 %4 %4 %3 %8 %-4 %9 %9 %24 %16 %1 %---- 
1885 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------12-----3
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Total---------------12-----3
 ---------------33 %67 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/3/2006 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Auction #394, 394/Lot# 2750 $1,150.00
5/9/2007 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 St. Louis, MO (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #434, 434/Lot# 813 $5,750.00
10/2/2008 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 288, 294/Lot# 8161 $1,385.75
9/4/2011 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1291 $776.25
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
10/27/2014 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 27 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection II US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1214/Lot# 98522 $5,287.50


NGC Registry

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