Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 938,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.37 (7/25/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 50C MS obverse 1856 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Even though close to a million half dollars were struck in 1856, this is a very scarce and overlooked issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1856 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 78.00 160 160 250 280 335 460 570 640 850 1200 2200 6600 16000 - - - -
$ 175 270 310 365 500 630 710 925 1300 2400 7250 17500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 111
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/6/1996 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1996 F.U.N. Signature Sale #149, 149/Lot# 5483 $3,960.00
3/29/2009 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2672, 2672/Lot# 1637 $149.50
12/28/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 440, 446/Lot# 428 $4,772.50
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7194 $211.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4154 $5,287.50
4/6/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 184519 $137.50
7/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131428/Lot# 24089 $211.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16389147163288415527657735842908958113814162169362053678869139692220935613
21711081522043304525706837708649241018123016672652420265341056916715266770
000000452570683770864924101812301667265242026534105691671500
000000489613709806886941107813231918313647847701122691946200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1416
Owner: G & R coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 842
Owner: ddr70
 
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