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: $6.38 (11/22/2014)
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
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Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 78.00 165 165 275 335 450 550 650 775 1100 2200 4000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 131
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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8/7/1996 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0865, 865/Lot# 1416 $228.90
8/23/2004 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Bullet Sale #353, 353/Lot# 1007 $195.50
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
2/22/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7188 $353.68
4/24/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 8370 $182.13
2/2/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168346 $93.52
4/20/2014 NGC XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 176054 $214.50
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10314 $185.00
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15192 $246.75


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