Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 832
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $8.69 (12/3/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1888 50C PF obverse 1888 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint only struck 832 proof Seated half dollars in 1888. However, the coin appears to be even scarcer today than the mintage would indicate. NGC has graded a fair number of them, with 215 in the census. (11/2019)

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Last Updated: 8/31/2016

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1888 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 725 950 1350 2050 3800 4900 11000 28500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1550 2275 - 5600 - -
1888 50C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1625 2350 4400 7500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1750 - - 8000 - -
1888 50C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6250 12250 - 32000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 6750 - - -

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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 217
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: 12/1/2020 1888 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------158243852201241--165
------------------1---1
--------------11------2
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Total----------158243953201251--168
 ----------1%3%5%14%23%32%12%7%3%1%-- 
1888 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1217141554---49
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--------------1-------1
Total-----------1218141655---52
 -----------2%4%2%15%27%31%10%10%--- 
1888 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------11-1--3
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Total----------------11-1--3
 ----------------33%33%-33%-- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 50C PF CA
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Base1206124412841323136314051447149215361581162816751832200121792699358346944981528157877592
1219125712971336137714191462150715511597164417271888206023522994395347905081545063897972
0000001462150715511597164417271888206023522994395347905081545000
0000001477152115661612165917801945212025263288432448855181561800
1888 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21352193225223132374243725012566263327012770284030723317357738524141561074877960864411047
21542213227223332395245825232588265627242793291731543404366939484631623676458188944511599
0000002523258826562724279329173154340436693948463162367645818800
0000002544261126782747281729953235349037604045512068617802841600
1888 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8799089409711004103610701104114111771214125213691599208725103324398457027808848310854
8899199509821015104710811116115311891227129114461762222827813544455764048033927311397
0000001081111611531189122712911446176222282781354445576404803300
0000001093112911651202123913301522192423693053376451297106825800
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Grade: PF 68
Points: 7808
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66 UC
Points: 5610
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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