Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,766,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $7.93 (7/31/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1844 50C MS obverse 1844 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is a P-mint that was not given much respect (to quote the late Rodney Dangerfield) by Messrs. Wiley and Bugert. In their 1993 reference on the series, they had this to say about the 1844: 'Similar in scarcity to the 1844-O in circulated grades but more common in mint state as are most P-mints when compared to branch mints of the same date.' In our experience, the 1844 is a seldom-seen coin in MS64 condition, even though the Mint cranked out 1.7 million pieces.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1844 50C MS
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Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 78.00 165 165 275 335 450 550 650 775 1100 2200 4000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 127
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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10/4/1995 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 1995 October Long Beach Bullet Sale #143, 143/Lot# 274 $242.00
8/7/1996 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0865, 865/Lot# 1416 $228.90
1/7/2009 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 2857 $2,415.00
5/29/2011 PCGS   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 291 $747.50
2/22/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7188 $353.68
4/14/2013 PCGS AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 747, 756/Lot# 204 $526.00
1/19/2014 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131404/Lot# 26582 $182.13
4/20/2014 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 176054 $214.50


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