Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 938,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.27 (8/30/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 50C MS obverse 1856 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Even though close to a million half dollars were struck in 1856, this is a very scarce and overlooked issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1856 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 78.00 160 250 280 335 460 640 850 1200 2200 6600 16000 - - - -
$ 175 270 310 365 500 710 925 1300 2400 7250 17500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 117
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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12/13/2009 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2783, 2783/Lot# 1746 $241.50
12/28/2009 NGC MS 65   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 440, 446/Lot# 428 $4,772.50
2/7/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7949 $646.25
11/15/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34544 $587.50
4/6/2014 NGC Details AU Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 184519 $137.50
7/11/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6119 $105.75
1/4/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131502/Lot# 23358 $84.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1135201230298527563725783882108112331321155818862585431962488869139692220926947
46157211253374539617744816948113212621400166721193163496271221056916716237880
00000061774481694811321262140016672119316349627122105691671600
000000671764849101511821292147917772352374156057995122691946200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1886
Owner: G & R coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1081
Owner: ddr70
 
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