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: $8.34 (9/24/2020)
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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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

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1885 50C MS
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Base-3321333326-37817121----77
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Total-3321333326-37819131----80
 -4%4%3%1%4%4%4%4%3%8%-4%9%10%24%16%1%---- 
1885 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------12-----3
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Total---------------12-----3
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NGC Registry

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