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: $5.66 (7/6/2015)
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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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

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1/29/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 124, 129/Lot# 824 $1,496.15
9/17/2008 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 September Long Beach, CA US Coin Signature Auction #1116, 1116/Lot# 2199 $1,150.00
3/21/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2827, 2827/Lot# 1807 $948.75
8/15/2011 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7061 $5,750.00
9/4/2011 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1257 $1,035.00
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122033 $237.60
4/6/2014 PCGS G 4   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/06/2014, 175/Lot# 182160 $145.20
10/10/2014 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15218 $176.25
6/4/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 3976 $9,987.50

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