Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 77,130
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $5.91 (10/4/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1852 50C MS obverse 1852 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

It was not until February of 1853 that a weight reduction went into effect for all subsidiary silver coinage. This weight reduction did not occur without considerable debate in Congress and concern over 'cheating' U.S. citizens by producing coinage with less than their stated value in precious metal. The problem had been that for decades both silver and gold coins had been melted as the raw silver or gold content was worth more than the coin's face value. Which makes one wonder, why was this pre-1853 large silver coin set aside, and in such a superior grade? Was it meant to be melted and spared because of its extraordinary condition? Was it a part of some now forgotten hoard of 1852 halves? Or did someone simply look at this coin in 1852 and appreciate its special surface qualities? Only 77,130 pieces were minted of this issue, and obviously melting and attrition took a heavy toll.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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Total Graded: 74
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/4/1995 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1995 F.U.N. Bullet Sale #128, 128/Lot# 261 $1,760.00
2/4/1998 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1021, 1021/Lot# 1505 $8,056.00
2/20/2005 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1239 $9,775.00
6/4/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1206/Lot# 8292 $1,116.25
9/14/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 216234 $900.00
10/30/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4257 $705.00
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4920 $2,115.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 50C MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2525
Owner: greysoldier
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