Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 886
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 PF obverse 1886 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

This issue is a bit scarcer than the proofs of 1879-83, but it is not truly rare. A fair number of gems have been certified, but the vast majority of proof 1886 half dollars fall short of the mark. Generations of mishandling and clumsy cleaning are to account for this attrition. Cameo proofs are also available, but Ultra Cameo proofs are exceedingly rare.

Typical of proof coinage, the majority (400) of these pieces were struck in the first quarter of the year. Subsequent quarterly deliveries were of 155, 110 and 221 proofs. In an unusual circumstance, all of these were sold, with no indication of unsold remainders being melted.

Walter Breen reported two die marriages, indicating that the second of these was employed for coining the currency strikes after the dies had clashed. These non-proofs typically were coined during the final quarter of the year to meet the demand for holiday gift presentations. There would be no demand for additional half dollars in general circulation until 1891, when the Treasury finally drew down its huge reserve of half dollars from earlier years.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1886 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 780 935 1300 1890 3850 5200 12000 26000 - -
1886 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1250 1600 2350 4500 7250 16500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1700 - 4900 - - -
1886 50C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3600 7750 13250 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 246
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1886 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------128304270222151--202
-----------------1----1
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Total----------128304270222251--203
 ----------0 %1 %4 %15 %21 %34 %11 %11 %2 %0 %-- 
1886 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------7712872---43
----------------111---3
--------------1--1----2
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Total-------------7812993---48
 -------------15 %17 %25 %19 %19 %6 %--- 
1886 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------1------1
------------------1---1
-----------------2----2
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Total---------------1-21---4
 ---------------25 %-50 %25 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/12/2005 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 7418 $1,955.00
9/23/2007 NGC PF 64   Ultra Cameo Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2797 $2,645.00
6/21/2009 PCGS PF 61   Teletrade Auction 2708, 2708/Lot# 1672 $862.50
12/29/2013 PCGS PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 784, 793/Lot# 119 $2,500.00
1/8/2014 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4597 $1,527.50
2/16/2014 NGC PF 66   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 142284 $5,005.00
4/21/2014 PCGS PF 62   Cameo Stack's Bowers iAuction 3478, 6027/Lot# 20112 $955.28
1/7/2015 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 5014 $2,585.00
4/25/2019 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1294/Lot# 7611 $1,260.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1886 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1100113411711208124612851325136614061450149315381686184321612671356444996324668272849410
1111114611831221125912981339137914211464150815871738194923312969387651076443688379930
0000001339137914211464150815871738194923312969387651076443688300
0000001352139314351479152316371791205525013266418757166563708300
1886 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base2905297830523128320532833363344435273611369737844070437146905025537757476081642870139083
2929300330773154323133103390347235553640372638794170447748025142550058586197662377030
0000003390347235553640372638794170447748025142550058586197662300
0000003417349935833668375539754271458449135260562459706312681800
1886 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8799089409711004103610701104114111771214125213691594206825103386395258367808848310854
889919950982101510471081111611531189122712911444175222152802357545806493803392730
0000001081111611531189122712911444175222152802357545806493803300
0000001093112911651202123913301519191023633094376352087151825800
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Grade: PF 67 UC
Points: 6081
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 62 CAMEO
Points: 1843
Owner: Snuggeybug
 
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