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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1872 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
6333
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
880,600
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$21,150 • PCGS MS66 • 6-23-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
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Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 600 R-5.8 16 / 45 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 17 / 45 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 15 / 45 TIE 55 / 126 TIE
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1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Highmoon Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Highmoon Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS65+ PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1872, production of Half Dollars at the Philadelphia Mint dropped by more than a quarter from the previous year to a total of 880,600 coins.  This adds a premium to this date across the board, but especially in the higher grades.  Though they are scarce, Mint State 1872 Half Dollars can be found with patience in MS64.  Gems are considered rare and it is difficult to find this date in MS66.  When purchasing this date, look for well-struck examples with strong radial lines in the stars and full talon and feather details on the reverse.