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: $5.39 (8/2/2015)
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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 420 460 480 570 725 755 785 850 935 1100 1075 1270 1650 4250 7400 - - - -
$ 785 810 850 920 1010 1200 1175 1390 1800 4650 8000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 110
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/3/2011 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 February Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1152/Lot# 3715 $1,380.00
8/11/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10360 $805.00
9/4/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1296 $276.00
11/18/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 3383, 3383/Lot# 1840 $340.00
8/18/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 53 $750.00
11/1/2013 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1191/Lot# 4045 $616.88
9/14/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 215976 $337.00
10/10/2014 PCGS F 15   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15272 $387.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base954102110811110123314211488145514881558164417071799177619452233354545393917513068469308
976104110911151129614431488146615111587166517381799183220412670387645394321570276670
0000001488146615111587166517381799183220412670387645394321570200
0000001488147715351615168617681799188921373108420845394726627400
1889 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111160296610421091116212061221131215021665291333864090534271099639
1111120172399110581115117712111251137515562081307136214507593179520
00000072399110581115117712111251137515562081307136214507593100
000000845101710751138119112161282143916112497322838554925652000
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3545
Owner: Mike Hayes
 
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