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: $5.69 (7/1/2015)
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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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: 10/29/2013

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1859 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 38.00 55.00 85.00 155 310 415 500 615 950 1500 2050 3600 7000 16000 31000 - 159000 - -
$ 340 455 550 670 1050 1650 2250 3900 8000 17500 34000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 65
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Sale / Lot
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9/4/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1259 $322.00
7/8/2012 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3307, 3307/Lot# 1566 $380.00
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 121904 $116.60
9/25/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8276 $440.63
6/29/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 810, 819/Lot# 144 $7,600.00
2/5/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1681 $2,585.00
2/5/2015 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers 2015 Americana Auction, 6070/Lot# 1682 $3,055.00
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
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1155220320515838891101311381290165820092124249532814431624880588200141772144926069
52177253385623856932105511891413177520472248275736645037685181051019216601229890
00000093210551189141317752047224827573664503768518105101921660100
00000097210961239153518922086237130194048564274558153121851902500
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Grade: VF 30
Points: 515
Owner: crowhill collection
 
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