Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,548,300
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: $5.26 (8/31/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1893 COLUMBIAN 50C MS obverse 1893 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 1,548,300 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: 6/3/2015

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1893 COLUMBIAN 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ - - 16.15 16.25 17.25 17.50 18.50 20.00 26.00 44.00 55.00 85.00 140 520 1250 10750 - - -
$ - - - - 28.00 49.00 60.00 90.00 175 825 2050 21000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5871
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
High Grade: 68


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/16/2007 PCGS MS 65   Teletrade Auction 2354, 2354/Lot# 1605 $336.00
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 1774 $632.50
3/31/2011 NGC MS 66   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 3041 $747.50
4/7/2013 NGC MS 70   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 106419 $1,771.00
8/11/2013 PCGS MS 70   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/11/2013, 87/Lot# 132138 $1,657.70
12/17/2013 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1383 $877.00
2/23/2014 PCGS MS 69   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131409/Lot# 26988 $1,468.75
3/30/2014 NGC MS 69   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 396 $1,376.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1893 COLUMBIAN 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4550596363676772768510612317922032050211662048531673171417126273
475360636467697379921121421932533817231460313759839602182050
00000069737992112142193253381723146031375983960200
000000707582991171602062874419451754422766501188600
1893 COLUMBIAN 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5054637272767676859411913519424134853912352154552975861461026965
5157667273767679881021241552102774127711541327962159927187280
000000767988102124155210277412771154132796215992700
00000076829111113017422531247510031848440469001226900
1893 COLUMBIAN 50C MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base54637281818585859410212714721226237557913072263574978631505927671
57667581828585889711013416922930044382216263425645410262192630
0000008588971101341692293004438221626342564541026200
00000085919911914019024533751110641944458771581266000
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Grade: MS 68
Points: 9602
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5983
Owner: Chippewa
 
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