Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 710
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.94 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1887 50C PF obverse 1887 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The proof half dollar of 1887 is mostly a replay of the several previous years, but it does appear to be a bit more scarce. Fewer examples have been certified across all grades than for other low-mintage issues of the 1880s. Gems are available to the advanced collector, but the vast majority of survivors fall short of PF-65. On the plus side, there appear to be greater than usual percentages of Cameo and Ultra Cameo proofs.

As in 1886 all of the 1887 proof half dollars coined were sold, with no remainder to melt at the end of the year. Quarterly deliveries were 440 in the first, 75 in the second and 195 in the fourth. Two die marriages are known, but there is no collector interest in acquiring proofs by varieties.

The 1887 half dollar is among the most difficult dates when it comes to distinguishing proofs from currency pieces, since the former do not always have complete strikes and fully brilliant fields. There are contemporary reports from collectors citing poor quality in their manufacture and also mishandling of the coins by Mint clerks.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 8/31/2016

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1887 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 725 950 1350 2150 4750 5400 15000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1500 - - 6000 18500 -
1887 50C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1600 2300 4200 7000 16000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 2600 - 7750 - -
1887 50C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6000 13750 - 38500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 27000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 182
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 55 series, 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: 10/20/2020 1887 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------1-3283240201341--124
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Total---------1-3283240201341--124
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1887 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------58111495---52
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Total-------------581114116---55
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1887 50C PF UC
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Base----------------2121--6
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Total----------------2121--6
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1887 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1194123312711311135113931435147715221567161316601817198421612699358338184065432347616330
1207124612841324136514071449149215371582162917121873204323402994366139004151446952840
0000001449149215371582162917121873204323402994366139004151446900
0000001463150715521598164417651928210225203288374039834237461500
1887 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21352193225223132374243725012566263327012770284030723317357738524141608981018601932511863
21542213227223332395245825232588265627242793291731543404366939484790676082688842101710
0000002523258826562724279329173154340436693948479067608268884200
0000002544261126782747281729953235349037604045544074308434908400
1887 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base879908940971100410361070110411411177121412521369159920292510338639526007635169318983
889919950982101510471081111611531189122712911446174221892802357546376122654476150
0000001081111611531189122712911446174221892802357546376122654400
0000001093112911651202123913301522188623503094376353226236673800
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Grade: PF 67 UC
Points: 8101
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 65 ULTRA CAMEO
Points: 4141
Owner: seitzcoins
 
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