Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 566,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.17 (10/2/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 S 50C MS obverse 1859 S 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

In the early days of the San Francisco Mint, gold coinage was the chief priority, with minor silver a comparative afterthought. By 1859, the Old West establishment turned out more than half a million pieces, but the vast majority of these went into circulation almost immediately, and while even lightly circulated pieces are comparatively affordable on the open market, Select Mint State and better representatives are elusive.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1859 S 50C MS
Base $ 38.00 55.00 85.00 155 310 310 415 500 615 950 1350 1500 2050 3600 7000 16000 31000 - 159000 - -
$ 340 455 550 670 1050 1475 1650 2250 3900 8000 17500 34000 - -
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Total Graded: 54
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 68

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1/29/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 124, 129/Lot# 826 $241.50
5/30/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3075, 3075/Lot# 1316 $103.50
5/30/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8901 $126.50
6/16/2013 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131326/Lot# 24105 $74.00
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 121904 $116.60
7/27/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2172 $5,581.25
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7766 $587.50
8/31/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 217087 $188.00

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