Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,988,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.73 (9/15/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 50C MS obverse 1857 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With a sizeable (for the era) original mintage of 1.9 million pieces, the 1857 is an understandably plentiful coin in circulated grades. Mint State survivors, however, are remarkably scarce.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1857 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 75.00 155 155 225 260 315 450 535 665 935 1150 2200 5500 13250 - - - -
$ 165 240 285 345 500 585 735 1000 1275 2400 6000 14500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 215
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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7/2/2001 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1454, 1454/Lot# 1411 $163.50
1/8/2003 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 7157 $3,220.00
4/16/2007 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2007 April Dallas, TX Final Session #451, 451/Lot# 7584 $161.00
9/23/2007 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2775 $1,610.00
8/11/2011 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10286 $84.00
11/14/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 636, 643/Lot# 176 $1,725.00
1/20/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/20/2013, 58/Lot# 96527 $116.32
3/28/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5374 $3,818.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16389147163288409515627695789847908106613752169373053678839139442220235648
2171108152204328444552649726808867960116916392689427565241054016696266840
00000044455264972680886796011691639268942756524105401669600
000000479589672757827887101312721904320948217681122421944900
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5367
Owner: kathy&barry
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3730
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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