Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 930
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (9/15/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1885 50C PF obverse 1885 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage for this issue represents the number of silver proof sets sold for 1885. This set consisted of three minor coins (cent, three cents, five cents) and four silver issues (dime, quarter, half and dollar). Proof half dollars were delivered in each of the year's four quarters: 450, 108, 60 and 320, respectively. This left eight odd pieces that were destroyed at the end of the calendar year.

Only a single die marriage has been observed for this date, and it features a reverse die used on the last emission of 1884-dated halves.

While hardly common, enough gems survive of the 1885 proof half dollar to satisfy the demand from advanced collectors. A few dozen Cameo examples have been certified, along with an extremely small quantity of Ultra Cameo coins.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1885 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 780 935 1300 1790 3750 5200 12000 30000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 5900 - -
1885 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1250 1600 2300 4200 6500 13000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2500 4600 7000 15500 -
1885 50C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3000 6000 11750 26000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 7000 15500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 292
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1885 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------410305077312151--229
--------------1--112--5
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Total-----------410305177312263--234
 -----------2 %4 %13 %22 %33 %13 %9 %3 %1 %-- 
1885 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------871961162--59
---------------1131---6
------------------1---1
------------------1---1
Total-------------872071492--67
 -------------12 %10 %30 %10 %21 %13 %3 %-- 
1885 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------112---4
-----------------1----1
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Total----------------122---5
 ----------------20 %40 %40 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/22/1996 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 1996 Santa Clara Bullet Sale #164, 164/Lot# 275 $550.00
10/16/2000 NGC PF 65   Teletrade Auction 1367, 1367/Lot# 1349 $3,424.00
1/25/2004 PCGS PF 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2393 $488.75
7/31/2009 NGC PF 68   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 1132 $18,400.00
1/3/2011 NGC PF 67   Cameo Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 755 $6,900.00
1/6/2011 NGC PF 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5033 $931.50
4/27/2011 NGC PF 68   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(3), 1154/Lot# 5184 $23,000.00
2/16/2014 NGC PF 66   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 142285 $3,429.80
10/30/2014 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4272 $3,290.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1885 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1100113411711208124612851325136614061450149315381686184321792643354537784023428047146272
1111114611831221125912981339137914211464150815871738195523342944362338604109442552330
0000001339137914211464150815871738195523342944362338604109442500
0000001352139314351479152316371791206724883244370039414194456900
1885 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16731722177118221873192619802034209121472206226624612670289231264141561074317834851010887
1689173817881839189119441998205321102167222623312531274429703464463162177565805993020
0000001998205321102167222623312531274429703464463162177565805900
0000002016207221282186224623962600281830483803512068247700828500
1885 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8799089409711004103610701104114111771214125213811599208725103365395260078200889911354
889919950982101510471081111611531189122712951454176222282795356146376738843397170
0000001081111611531189122712951454176222282795356146376738843300
0000001093112911651202123913381526192423693080375653227469866600
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Grade: PF 67 UC
Points: 7431
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 4280
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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