Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.24 (7/18/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 50C MS obverse 1842 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

At one time NGC did not routinely distinguish between the Small Date and Medium Date varieties. The certified population figures below represent coins graded by NGC prior to this distinction. See the following two entries for more detailed information.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1842 50C MS
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 100.00 130 240 400 460 585 785 1000 1250 1600 2250 3750 9500 33500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 55
Low Grade: 40
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1842 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----2414616177223-----55
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Total-----2414616177223-----55
 -----4 %7 %2 %7 %11 %29 %2 %13 %13 %4 %4 %5 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
4/1/1998 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1037, 1037/Lot# 1495 $250.70
9/4/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1245 $218.50
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7187 $242.05
7/7/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122001 $264.00
3/21/2014 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(3), 1198/Lot# 11336 $470.00
8/5/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1208/Lot# 4427 $3,290.00
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10309 $130.00
4/5/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131515/Lot# 23105 $176.25
5/31/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131523/Lot# 24457 $359.55


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