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: $5.68 (9/2/2015)
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: 11/24/2014

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1852 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 390 550 780 1100 1400 1475 1575 1750 2100 2550 2750 3450 4750 9400 20000 32000 - - -
$ 1575 1600 1700 1900 2300 2750 3000 3800 5300 11000 22000 35000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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2/4/1998 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1021, 1021/Lot# 1505 $8,056.00
10/3/2001 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2001 October Long Beach Signature Sale #271, 271/Lot# 6969 $1,495.00
2/20/2005 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1239 $9,775.00
4/28/2009 NGC MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2465 $17,250.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7041 $2,185.00
9/14/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 216234 $900.00
1/7/2015 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4921 $3,525.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base9109741206148317992048217921062179230225252699278128853216373050266820815379501050513270
9311051129815881882209221792130222023762583272628162995338741625624726481538802114270
0000002179213022202376258327262816299533874162562472648153880200
0000002179215522612451264127542850310635594594622277098153965300
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 2525
Owner: greysoldier
 
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