Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,001
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.13 (7/25/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1888 50C MS obverse 1888 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Production of half dollars more than doubled over that of the several years previous, but this was not reflective of actual demand for additional coins in circulation. Treasury vaults were still filled with silver quarters and halves. The fact that mintages 1888-90 were the same each year indicates that the Mint was making a conscious effort to discourage speculation. Clearly, there were not 12,000 coin collectors in the USA at the time, but the low mintage issues made since 1879 were being actively hoarded for their potential rarity and value down the road.

The 1888 half dollar is only slightly more available than the several previous dates in Mint State, but worn pieces are available in greater numbers than for the 1879-87 halves.

All 1888 halves were produced using a single die pair and one collar having 153 reeds.

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Last Updated: 6/27/2019

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1888 50C MS
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Base $ 425 515 600 685 780 1000 1030 1100 1180 1230 1250 1440 1580 2400 4200 6300 16250 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 126
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/20/2021 1888 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1719364135-1863214148---123
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Total-1719364135-18632141511---127
 -1%6%1%7%2%5%3%1%2%4%-1%6%5%25%11%12%9%--- 
1888 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------2-1----3
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Total---------------2-1----3
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 50C MS PL
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Base1051109212291345145415661687179918281895196820122029193122942828368344126527696375838243
1065113812681381149116061724180918501919198320182029205224723113392651176672717078038655
0000001724180918501919198320182029205224723113392651176672717000
0000001762181818731944199720232029217326503398416958226818737600
1888 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base990102811591271137514831599170717351799186919111928207921832699352542316286670973137956
1003107211961306141115221635171617561822188319171978211423552974376049166427691075278354
0000001635171617561822188319171978211423552974376049166427691000
0000001671172617781846189719222029214825273250399656016568711200
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