Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,156,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.19 (3/6/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1847 50C MS obverse 1847 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The half dollar saw a production of 1.156 million circulation strikes in 1847. The date is rare in Mint State. In this respect, Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert (1993) assign a low R.6 rarity rating to Uncirculated examples.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/24/2014

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1847 50C MS
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 78.00 170 170 260 300 400 650 700 950 1200 1900 2950 8500 17000 29000 - - -
$ 200 290 330 440 700 770 1050 1300 2250 3300 10575 18500 31500 -

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Total Graded: 112
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1232 $1,552.50
3/28/2005 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2005 March Palm Beach, FL Bullet Sale #369, 369/Lot# 550 $276.00
1/13/2008 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2475, 2475/Lot# 1308 $4,816.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7028 $43,125.00
10/18/2012 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(5), 1175/Lot# 8948 $282.00
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8231 $352.50
7/6/2014 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 189479 $3,000.00
8/10/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131433/Lot# 25271 $229.13
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10325 $305.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1847 50C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3319
Owner: Merc's coins
Grade: MS 61
Points: 925
Owner: ddr70
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