Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,000
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.83 (12/20/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1889 50C MS obverse 1889 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Struck toward the end of the series and next to last in the procession of low mintage halves that began in 1879, only 12,000 business strikes were produced in 1889. While several dozen lower grade Mint State examples are known, relatively few MS66 pieces are extant today.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1889 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 420 460 480 570 725 725 755 785 850 935 1000 1100 1075 1270 1650 4250 7400 - - - -
$ 785 810 850 920 1010 1100 1200 1175 1390 1800 4650 8000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 112
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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10/6/2003 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1789, 1789/Lot# 1115 $907.50
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1289 $1,552.50
2/22/2013 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7214 $399.50
3/31/2013 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131315/Lot# 22902 $176.25
8/18/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 53 $750.00
9/25/2013 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8352 $587.50
9/25/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8353 $440.63
9/14/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 215976 $337.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base15026096636957258209089821028109511381152123914211578278132383917513068469308
1685376276737057568499329971050110911421181129914731979293334644321570276660
0000008499329971050110911421181129914731979293334644321570200
00000087895710121072112311471210136015252380308536904725627400
1889 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111160296610421091116212061221131215021665291333864090534271099639
1111120172399110581115117712111251137515562081307136214507593179520
00000072399110581115117712111251137515562081307136214507593100
000000845101710751138119112161282143916112497322838554925652000
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 2781
Owner: Mike Hayes
 
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