Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 2,178,000
Catalog: KM-99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.44g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.87 (5/28/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1871 S 50C MS obverse 1871 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Even though 2.1 million pieces were struck of the 1871-S half, it is an important condition rarity in the Seated half series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1871 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 32.00 48.00 55.00 75.00 155 300 325 385 625 850 1275 2150 3450 8000 15500 - - - -
$ 175 - 350 420 675 - 1400 2350 3750 8800 17000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 123
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/17/2003 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Bullet Sale #335, 335/Lot# 1095 $178.25
5/30/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 239 $805.00
5/10/2009 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2690, 2690/Lot# 1477 $299.00
2/2/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 8401 $173.65
2/24/2013 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 96237 $99.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4212 $3,055.00
7/11/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6133 $123.38
12/7/2014 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 833, 842/Lot# 221 $80.00
11/15/2015 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131547/Lot# 27418 $164.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1871 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11311942202885155638208659661303139315581949255532164694655710359165162655131940
441522032433645316498358991078133314481688215127753709531578241241119861283470
000000649835899107813331448168821512775370953157824124111986100
000000734850932119113631503181923532996420159369092144642320600
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 966
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 925
Owner: CBC
 
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