Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 158,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.42 (7/30/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 S 50C MS obverse 1857 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1857-S is a surprisingly rare coin in all grades, but especially so in high grades. According to Wiley and Bugert (1992) 'underrated in all grades, especially when compared with 1855-S.' High praise indeed with the high profile rarity of the 1855-S half.

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Last Updated: 7/29/2014

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1857 S 50C MS
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Base $ 80.00 130 265 515 1150 1150 1950 2500 2875 4450 5600 7750 17500 23000 32500 - 77500 - - - -
$ 1290 2150 2750 3150 4950 6100 8500 18500 25000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 35
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/26/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 128, 133/Lot# 829 $1,503.05
8/11/2010 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2010 August Boston, MA Signature & Platinum Night ANA Coin Auction #1143, 1143/Lot# 4969 $3,565.00
3/6/2011 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3025, 3025/Lot# 1685 $747.50
9/4/2011 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1257 $1,035.00
1/8/2012 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131203/Lot# 22335 $920.00
7/12/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3719 $1,063.75
7/27/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2169 $1,915.25
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3837 $2,115.00
4/6/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 182160 $145.20


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