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

1876 50C (Proof)

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PCGS PR66+

PCGS PR65+

PCGS PR65
PCGS #:
6437
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.50 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,150
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$13,800 • NGC PR66 • 7-30-2008 • Heritage Auctions
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 800 R-5.4 17 / 25 TIE 47 / 55 TIE
60 or Better 750 R-5.5 17 / 25 47 / 55
65 or Better 75 R-8.2 13 / 25 TIE 38 / 55 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 PCGS grade  
1 PR66 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: In 1876, production of Proof Half Dollars nearly doubled to 1,150 pieces, perhaps in anticipation of increased sales because of that year's centennial of American Independence.  The number of survivors indicates that sales did, in fact, increase, but the bump in sales was short-lived because in 1877 Mint emplyees made only 510 Proof Half Dollars.  However, when the population of certified Proof 1876 Half Dollars is compared to that of the 1879 (with a simlar but slightly lower mintage), the survivorship of the 1876's falls short.  The 1876's are readily available in grades from PR61 to PR64, but the population drops off dramatically in PR65 and continues to do so until it becomes extremely rare in PR67.  In 1876, Cameo Proofs make up a larger share of the total population than in previous years, but Deep Cameos continue to be exceedingly rare.