Owner's Comments

WB-44 The discovery coin with the previously unreported obverse 38 paired with Reverse W. This was the first reported unlisted S-Mint die marriage after the publication of Bill Bugert's classic tome-A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties Volume I, San Franciso Branch Mint. This was the second die marriage I personally discovered for the seated half dollar series, the other coin was also an 1876-S.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

1876-S Half Dollars were produced in large quantities (over 4.5 million pieces) and they are plentiful in most grades.  Collectors have scores to choose from in Mint State and most of those are well-struck.  Little did the Mint employees know in 1876 that their facility would soon be shutting down production of Half Dollars after 1880.  However, they still had one more year of near-record production before their rest.

For the quality-minded collector, it is very difficult to find an 1876-S Half Dollar better than MS65.  

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
4528000
Weight
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
240
Pop Lower
131
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1800 R-4.6 38 / 45 TIE 107 / 126 TIE
All Grades 250 R-6.6 36 / 45 TIE 108 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 20 / 45 TIE 63 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade PCGS #6354 (MS)     66
2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 estimated grade