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: $5.90 (4/19/2015)
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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Price Guide

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: 164
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 67


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4/26/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4515


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5/31/2004 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 741 $718.75
10/17/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1764 $3,055.00
4/29/2013 PCGS VG 8   Teletrade Auction 3428, 3428/Lot# 1706 $82.25
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122030 $107.80
8/8/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 3932 $1,116.25
4/27/2014 NGC MS 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/27/2014, 173/Lot# 180399 $330.00
5/11/2014 NGC MS 69   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131420/Lot# 28403 $340.75
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
Base112316327232038145652764070980686590810661186158926993194512775051115316810
411361992883404064795646637418258799601106132019592864383859198721130380
000000479564663741825879960110613201959286438385919872100
0000005036026867738458931013114614542329302944826712993700
1891 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111113305656847588589219661131125716762828334045666362902213011
1111111040860470879187993610211173139620602998374851647248103510
0000004086047087918799361021117313962060299837485164724800
0000004866447338249009511076121515362444316941575763813500
1891 50C MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111111111111
1111111111111111111110
0000001111111111111100
0000001111111111111100
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