1878 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6358
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
1,377,600
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 900 R-5.2 25 / 45 78 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 24 / 45 89 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 16 R-9.3 20 / 45 TIE 63 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 900
60 or Better 120
65 or Better 16
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.2
60 or Better R-7.8
65 or Better R-9.3
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 25 / 45
60 or Better 24 / 45
65 or Better 20 / 45 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 78 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 89 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 63 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 5/2009 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part I - Heritage 6/2014:30519, $21,150 - Heritage 3/2017:4060, $12,925

2 MS66 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:641, $6,210

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66+ PCGS grade

“Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 5/2009 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part I - Heritage 6/2014:30519, $21,150 - Heritage 3/2017:4060, $12,925

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2006:641, $6,210

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1878 Half Dollar has a slightly smaller mintage than many of its contemporaries yet it is still considered a "type" coin that garners no premium for additional scarcity. To my mind, that makes this date a good value compared to coins with larger mintages. This is not the last year of the design type, but it is the last year before mintages dropped off precipitously for the remainder of the series. Scores of Mint State examples exist, but they tend to be mid-range (MS63 or thereabouts). Gems are very scarce and any 1878 Half Dollar in MS66 is a condition-rarity.

The strike quality on this date is usually quite strong. Luster ranges from brilliant to frosty. This date is not known for being "baggy" but try to find coins that have nice surfaces.