Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 158,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.03 (5/30/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 S 50C MS obverse 1857 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1857-S is a surprisingly rare coin in all grades, but especially so in high grades. According to Wiley and Bugert (1992) 'underrated in all grades, especially when compared with 1855-S.' High praise indeed with the high profile rarity of the 1855-S half.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/29/2014

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1857 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 80.00 130 265 515 1150 1950 2500 2875 4450 7750 17500 23000 32500 - 77500 - - - -
$ 1290 2150 2750 3150 4950 8500 18500 25000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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6/7/2015 MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 3976


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2/26/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 128, 133/Lot# 829 $1,503.05
2/10/2008 NGC VF 25   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 322 $300.00
4/26/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2844, 2844/Lot# 1794 $862.50
10/13/2011 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 October 13-16 US Coins Signature Auction #1160- Pittsburgh Session(1), 1160/Lot# 3728 $2,530.00
11/11/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131247/Lot# 20178 $366.60
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122033 $237.60
10/10/2014 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15218 $176.25


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