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: $6.79 (9/15/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 MEDIUM DATE 50C MS obverse 1842 MEDIUM DATE 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Walter Breen placed the mintage of Medium Date halves at 1,821,764 pieces. If not absolutely accurate, it is reasonably close to the proportional populations of Medium Date versus Small Date coins. Both are somewhat scarce in Mint State, but the Medium Date is certainly seen more often. In circulated grades, this is a fairly common date.

At least five obverse dies were used for this coinage, and these were paired with a like number of reverses for a total of seven known marriages. There are only two popular varieties. The more desirable is FS-301 (WB-105) on which the date is completely doubled, with some signs of tripling. The other (VP-003, WB-106) has its date repunched to the left of the first impression. Interestingly, each of these obverse dies was paired with two different reverses, though all of the value is in the date side.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1842 MEDIUM DATE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 55.00 75.00 110 125 230 390 460 585 785 1000 1240 1600 2250 3750 9500 33500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4400 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 167
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

The chart showing VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/10/2019 1842 MEDIUM DATE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--2716122511142531-2103441----167
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---------------2------2
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Total--2716122511142531-2103641----169
 --1 %4 %9 %7 %15 %7 %8 %15 %18 %-1 %6 %2 %4 %2 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
9/6/2004 NGC MS 63   Goldberg September 6-7, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 26/Lot# 804 $1,093.00
7/16/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 159, 164/Lot# 1139 $310.50
10/21/2007 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2438, 2438/Lot# 1360 $201.60
11/3/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1995 $615.25
11/15/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33697 $7,931.25
10/28/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98646 $5,170.00
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(3), 1238/Lot# 4733 $2,820.00
2/20/2018 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131809/Lot# 27493 $408.00
2/20/2019 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131909/Lot# 27486 $288.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 MEDIUM 50C MS DATE
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14317122025536650272586510591246147215831707240125252860398451269895155222459139304
15218723229241157677293011211321150916241938244226373235436567161177118545294950
0000007729301121132115091624193824422637323543656716117711854500
0000008189941184139715461666217024842748360947458305136462156800
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2401
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1472
Owner: ddr70
 
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