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

1876 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6352
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
8,418,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$11,456 • NGC MS67 • 10-27-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 3,500 R-4.3 44 / 45 120 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 425 R-6.1 42 / 45 120 / 126
65 or Better 25 R-9.0 24 / 45 TIE 78 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:640, $3,680

Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:640, $3,680

4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: 1876 saw a high-water mark set for production of Half Dollars -- 8,418,000 coins to be exact.  No U.S. Mint in any location had ever poduced that many Half Dollars since the inception of coinage in 1794, nor would that mark be met or exceeded until 1917.  Thus, the 1876 Half Dollar is generally considered to be the most common and most affordable of all the Seated Liberty Half Dollars.  Hundreds of them have been certiified by PCGS in Mint State, usually in grades from MS62 to MS64.  Gems become a little scarce and anything above MS65 is highly desirable.  Despite the large production of 1876 Half Dollars, quality did not suffer.  Nonetheless, we recommend that collectors seek out fully struck examples for their collections.