Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 200,000
Catalog: KM-A99
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.70 (6/30/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1891 50C MS obverse 1891 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Half Dollar production at the Philadelphia Mint ratcheted up to 200,000 business strikes in this, the final year of this long-lived series. The 1891 is not a rare date in an absolute sense, but MS65 examples are scarce, and coins graded finer are genuinely rare.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1891 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 75.00 110 150 210 300 330 400 525 650 750 1150 1650 4450 7750 40000 - - -
$ 230 330 360 440 575 700 825 1250 1850 4750 8250 49000 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 166
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Price
5/28/2003 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003 May Long Beach Signature Sale #324, 324/Lot# 6211 $2,012.50
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1291 $632.50
7/31/2009 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 1640 $3,680.00
2/4/2013 NGC VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3416, 3416/Lot# 2061 $176.25
4/29/2013 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3428, 3428/Lot# 1706 $82.25
4/27/2014 NGC MS 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 180399 $330.00
9/5/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3498, 6052/Lot# 20203 $129.25
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10419 $287.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base122028839550264268482087499011731271133314501843223336204630884975051115316810
7424332443154965672983891310511206129213721581197326953957603688498721130390
0000007298389131051120612921372158119732695395760368849872100
0000007758569511112123813121411171221033158429374438849993700
1891 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111113305656847588589219661131125716762828334045666362902213011
1111111040860470879187993610211173139620602998374851647248103510
0000004086047087918799361021117313962060299837485164724800
0000004866447338249009511076121515362444316941575763813500
1891 50C MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111123451412048397049111
111111111111178223451374436055767049110
000000111111178223451374436055767049100
0000001111111156423452747459963127049100
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