Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,000
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $7.13 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 50C MS obverse 1889 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Struck toward the end of the series and next to last in the procession of low mintage halves that began in 1879, only 12,000 business strikes were produced in 1889. While several dozen lower grade Mint State examples are known, relatively few MS66 pieces are extant today.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1889 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 420 460 480 570 725 725 755 785 850 935 1000 1100 1075 1270 1650 4250 7400 - - - -
$ 785 810 850 920 1010 1100 1200 1175 1390 1800 4650 8000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 110
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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9/24/2001 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1485, 1485/Lot# 1432 $945.00
9/4/2011 PCGS   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1296 $276.00
7/27/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30603 $708.53
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4268 $6,462.50
8/18/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 53 $750.00
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8355 $1,057.50
11/1/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1191/Lot# 4045 $616.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15026096636957258209089821028109511381152123914211578278132383917513068469308
1685376276737057568499329971050110911421181129914731979293334644321570276660
0000008499329971050110911421181129914731979293334644321570200
00000087895710121072112311471210136015252380308536904725627400
1889 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111160296610421091116212061221131215021665291333864090534271099639
1111120172399110581114117612111251137515562081307036204507593179520
00000072399110581114117612111251137515562081307036204507593100
000000844101610741138119112161281143816102497322838554924652000
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2781
Owner: Mike Hayes
 
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