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Obverse of 1879 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1879 Half Dollar


1879 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6361, 6440

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 4,800
Proofs: 1,100

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, modified by Christian Gobrecht and Robert Ball Hughes, executed by James Barton Longacre; Reverse of Type I by Christian Gobrecht, Type 2 by William Barber

Diameter: ±30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: ±193 grains (±12.5 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc. (Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20, 2001)

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Rarities Sale", January 3, 2001, Lot 211, illustrated, sold for $3,507.50

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8403, illustrated, sold for $4,370.00  From the estate of Harry West

Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1328, sold for $414.00

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1766, sold for $575.00

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8402, not illustrated, sold for $603.75  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

NGC MS-66.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1329, sold for $3,680.00

Gem Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1021, plated, sold for $891.25

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1767, sold for $1,840.00

PCGS MS-64.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 483, illustrated, sold for $977.50

MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 5639, not illustrated, sold for $632.50  Ex Walter H. Childs Collection (Bowers and Merena, 8/99), lot 383

MS-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 5568, not plated, sold for $534.75

MS-60.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1330, sold for $414.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1022, not plated, sold for $460.00

Choice EF.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 468, sold for $517.50

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-68.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 3 PR-67's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service