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: $6.35 (9/15/2019)
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 218 in the census. (10/2016)

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Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1888 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 600 780 935 1330 1890 3800 4400 11000 28500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1550 2275 - 5600 - -
1888 50C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 1625 2350 4400 7500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 1750 - - 8000 - -
1888 50C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6250 12250 - 32000 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 6750 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 214
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: 9/10/2019 1888 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------148233851191241--161
------------------1---1
--------------11------2
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Total----------148233952191251--164
 ----------1 %2 %5 %14 %24 %32 %12 %7 %3 %1 %-- 
1888 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------1217151644---50
----------------1-1---2
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--------------1-------1
Total-----------1218151745---53
 -----------2 %4 %2 %15 %28 %32 %8 %9 %--- 
1888 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------11-1--3
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Total----------------11-1--3
 ----------------33 %33 %-33 %-- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/12/2005 NGC PF 63   Teletrade Auction 2104, 2104/Lot# 1336 $924.00
1/31/2010 NGC PF 65   Cameo Goldberg January 31 - February 3, 2010 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 57/Lot# 1094 $2,875.00
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3157 $22,325.00
11/11/2012 PCGS PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 725, 734/Lot# 1102 $1,500.00
4/6/2014 NGC PF 63   Cameo GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 184539 $1,320.00
2/26/2015 NGC PF 65   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1218/Lot# 3847 $2,585.00
10/28/2015 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98734 $2,820.00
4/4/2017 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 4 - 6 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1253/Lot# 15538 $1,116.25
11/2/2017 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2017 November 2 - 4 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1261/Lot# 17145 $1,086.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1888 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1206124412841323136314051447149215361581162816751832200121792699358346944981528157877592
1219125712971336137714191462150715511597164417271888206023522994395347905081545063890
0000001462150715511597164417271888206023522994395347905081545000
0000001477152115661612165917801945212025263288432448855181561800
1888 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base21352193225223132374243725012566263327012770284030723317357738524141561074877960864411047
2154221322722333239524582523258826562724279329173154340436693948463162367645818894450
0000002523258826562724279329173154340436693948463162367645818800
0000002544261126782747281729953235349037604045512068617802841600
1888 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8799089409711004103610701104114111771214125213691599208725103324398457027808848310854
889919950982101510471081111611531189122712911446176222282781354445576404803392730
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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