Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 77,130
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $7.62 (4/20/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1852 50C MS obverse 1852 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It was not until February of 1853 that a weight reduction went into effect for all subsidiary silver coinage. This weight reduction did not occur without considerable debate in Congress and concern over 'cheating' U.S. citizens by producing coinage with less than their stated value in precious metal. The problem had been that for decades both silver and gold coins had been melted as the raw silver or gold content was worth more than the coin's face value. Which makes one wonder, why was this pre-1853 large silver coin set aside, and in such a superior grade? Was it meant to be melted and spared because of its extraordinary condition? Was it a part of some now forgotten hoard of 1852 halves? Or did someone simply look at this coin in 1852 and appreciate its special surface qualities? Only 77,130 pieces were minted of this issue, and obviously melting and attrition took a heavy toll.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

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1852 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 390 550 780 1100 1400 1400 1475 1575 1750 2100 2400 2550 2750 3300 4650 9400 20000 32000 - - -
$ 1575 1600 1700 1900 2300 2650 2750 3000 3650 5100 11000 22000 35000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 73
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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4/27/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4402


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3/22/1997 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1997 Mid-Winter ANA Signature Sale #169, 169/Lot# 6098 $1,401.85
4/12/1999 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1153, 1153/Lot# 1584 $945.00
8/18/2004 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 6221 $6,037.50
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1238 $2,875.00
2/23/2005 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 7048 $1,725.00
9/13/2006 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 September Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #416, 416/Lot# 1923 $2,070.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10320 $1,380.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1725941106612711477155816341699174118031843190720482197296041414876613079501050514144
24279798211341339150415831655171317611816186419542097245133534386529467368801117180
0000001583165517131761181618641954209724513353438652946736880100
0000001608167717271782182918852001214727053747463157127343965300
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 4876
Owner: yeoldeone
 
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