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: $5.76 (8/1/2015)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1844 50C MS
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 78.00 165 275 335 450 550 775 1100 2200 4000 - - - - - -
$ 185 310 380 490 600 825 1200 2450 4500 - - - -

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Total Graded: 137
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

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1/17/2005 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 Fort Lauderdale, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #361, 361/Lot# 1660 $546.25
8/28/2006 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 102, 107/Lot# 580 $276.00
5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 291 $747.50
9/7/2011 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7806 $862.50
11/18/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3383, 3383/Lot# 1823 $200.00
2/22/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7188 $353.68
7/11/2013 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 8060 $881.25
7/11/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(5), 1187/Lot# 8059 $522.88
2/2/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168346 $93.52

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