Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 5,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.50 (9/17/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1886 50C MS obverse 1886 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is similar to others of the 1880s in that more Mint State coins are known than would have been the case if they were subject to speculative hoarding at the time. Gems are available to the more advanced collector, though certified prooflike pieces are quite rare. Worn examples are less often seen than for most other dates in the limited series of 1879-90, with 1887 being the only issue more difficult to locate.

A single die marriage is known, and it's likely that all 5,000 coins were struck in a single day. A lone collar was used, this having 153 reeds.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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1886 50C MS
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Base $ 520 650 675 775 850 925 975 1000 1080 1130 1200 1450 1630 2300 5700 8750 25000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 90
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 1886 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-15-5323252-53152763----87
------------1---------1
---------------2------2
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Total-15-5323252-63152963----90
 -1 %6 %-6 %3 %2 %3 %2 %6 %2 %-7 %3 %17 %32 %7 %3 %---- 
1886 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------3------3
----------------1-----1
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Total---------------31-----4
 ---------------75 %25 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 251 $1,840.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2724 $1,495.00
6/17/2013 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3435, 3435/Lot# 1782 $750.00
10/12/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 215975 $475.00
9/7/2016 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 September 7 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1239/Lot# 7694 $1,410.00
5/8/2019 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131920/Lot# 23436 $840.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1123513581435147211697117081178918471985211322712486383847567077111
412127613841447147256616975701708597180818932028216623432937414455307077110
00000016975701708597180818932028216623432937414455307077100
0000001697113917081193182819392070221824143387445063037077100
1886 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1092116612841357139315311609158316191644169717531886200921612368367545656820439055557163
1117120513081369143915571609159516271662171617971927206022302804397253176820477860910
0000001609159516271662171617971927206022302804397253176820477800
0000001609160716361679173418421968211022993239426860686820516700
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 2368
Owner: 123cents
 
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