Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 566,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.65 (10/5/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1859 S 50C MS obverse 1859 S 50C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

In the early days of the San Francisco Mint, gold coinage was the chief priority, with minor silver a comparative afterthought. By 1859, the Old West establishment turned out more than half a million pieces, but the vast majority of these went into circulation almost immediately, and while even lightly circulated pieces are comparatively affordable on the open market, Select Mint State and better representatives are elusive.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1859 S 50C MS
Base $ 38.00 55.00 85.00 155 310 415 500 615 950 1500 2050 3600 7000 16000 31000 - 159000 - -
$ - - 550 670 1050 - 2250 3900 8000 17500 34000 - -

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Total Graded: 66
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 68

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/29/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 124, 129/Lot# 826 $241.50
9/4/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1259 $322.00
12/17/2012 NGC VF 20   Teletrade Auction 3400, 3400/Lot# 2248 $80.50
4/24/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 8387 $329.00
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 121904 $116.60
7/27/2013 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2172 $5,581.25
3/28/2014 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5376 $1,028.13
2/26/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 February 26 - March 1 PNG Dallas Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(4), 1218/Lot# 7627 $646.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 S 50C MS
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 515
Owner: crowhill collection
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