Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 3,844,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.82 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1843 50C MS obverse 1843 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With the economic depression of 1837-42 finally concluded, mintages rose dramatically in 1843, and this issue is among the more plentiful dates of the 1840s. Mint State examples, while not truly common, are more available than for earlier Seated Liberty Half Dollar.

Bill Bugert's die study book of Philadelphia Mint coins confirms an amazing 37 die marriages comprised of 18 obverses and 29 reverses. Two collars were identified, these having reed counts of 144 and 145, respectively. There are several minor varieties, but these have attracted little interest.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1843 50C MS
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Base $ 42.00 52.00 75.00 110 250 315 360 470 600 720 830 1250 1730 3600 9375 19400 50000 - - -
$ - - 365 500 615 - - - - 4600 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 260
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

The chart showing G series, 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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1843 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-212122134815223133482014114-----260
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Total-212122134815223133482014124-1---262
 -1 %5 %0 %8 %5 %18 %6 %8 %12 %13 %2 %3 %8 %5 %5 %2 %-0 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Price
8/11/2011 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10252 $322.00
3/12/2012 NGC VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3240, 3240/Lot# 1294 $80.50
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1719 $3,055.00
12/30/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131302/Lot# 26571 $164.50
3/30/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164815 $287.16
8/17/2014 PCGS VG 10   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 817, 826/Lot# 1181 $70.00
11/15/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131547/Lot# 27107 $235.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11352012303045516207548471051120613151421163421063126604051049160142372264327447
461572112553865746657859151103124213501492179124464097604064561085217039242440
000000665785915110312421350149217912446409760406456108521703900
000000709816983115412791386156319492786506960407808125451984100
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 2106
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 1634
Owner: pulver set
 
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