Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950,000
Catalog: KM-117
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.39 (8/2/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
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1892 COLUMBIAN 50C MS obverse 1892 COLUMBIAN 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1892 and 1893 Columbian half dollars were the first commemorative coins issued by the United States. They were coined to commemorate the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This event, also known as the Chicago World's Fair, was to be held in 1892.

With the cost of the fair ballooning, an enterprising manager of the expo suggested that souvenir half dollars be produced and sold for $1 each to help cover the cost of the exposition. The bill to produce the coin was passed on August 5th of 1892 and called for the mintage of no more than 5 million half dollar coins.

The striking of these coins began with special proof issues on November 19th of 1892 to national fanfare. So great was the fervor that the company that produced the Remington typewriter paid an astounding $10,000 for the first coin struck, an amount equal to nearly a quarter of a million dollars today!

However, these coins are not usually worth nearly that much today aside from the few survivors in very high grade. With a mintage of 950,000 in 1892 and a further 1,550,405 produced in 1893, the Columbian Exposition Half Dollar is the most common type of the entire classic commemorative series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2015

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1892 COLUMBIAN 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - 16.15 16.25 17.25 17.50 18.50 21.00 29.00 48.00 58.00 80.00 160 585 1600 18000 42500 - -
$ - - - - - - - 85.00 225 900 3000 36000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5482
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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10/8/1994 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1994 October Long Beach Signature Sale #124, 124/Lot# 5964 $121.00
2/5/2006 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 305 $132.00
9/1/2010 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2917, 2917/Lot# 1700 $53.00
12/22/2013 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/22/2013, 166/Lot# 151801 $15.00
3/21/2014 PCGS MS 66   Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(3), 1198/Lot# 11823 $1,645.00
6/3/2014 PCGS MS 66   Prooflike Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4670 $779.03
10/12/2014 PCGS MS 65   Prooflike GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 226363 $300.00
11/2/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10580 $85.00
4/22/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 8669 $540.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1892 COLUMBIAN 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4550596363722872768511913919423030452712522197381763701287023758
475360636672437379961261572062553787691567273746688537164990
00000043737996126157206255378769156727374668853700
00000057758210813217621827945310101882327755191070300
1892 COLUMBIAN 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5054637272813276819413115121225133056513262308398466131327924401
5157667275814778851061381712252774088191653286748608835169860
000000477885106138171225277408819165328674860883500
00000061799011914419223830448710721981342557371105700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 5585
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5585
Owner: Richard Schultz
 
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