Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,766,000
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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1844 50C MS obverse 1844 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is another high mintage issue from the prosperous decade of the 1840s. It is readily available across the lower circulated grades, while About Uncirculated and Mint State pieces are not especially rare. Gems, however, are few and far between.

Some 15 die marriages are known from combinations of 10 obverse dies and 12 reverses. Several repunched date varieties are known, the most desirable being VP-001 (WB-104) and WB-102. Three collar varieties have been found: 143 reeds, 144 and 145, respectively.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1844 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 45.00 55.00 60.00 90.00 220 305 350 430 600 700 950 1200 2400 4100 13000 - - - - -
$ - - 365 450 615 - - 1350 2950 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 157
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1844 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1-12159141014192917181142-----157
----------------1-----1
-------------2-1------3
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Total1-12159141014192917201153-----161
 1 %-1 %1 %9 %6 %9 %6 %9 %12 %18 %1 %4 %12 %7 %3 %2 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/14/2007 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #430, 430/Lot# 3475 $1,265.00
5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 291 $747.50
3/26/2012 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3248, 3248/Lot# 1372 $110.00
2/2/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168346 $93.52
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4035 $329.00
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10314 $185.00
1/3/2016 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131602/Lot# 23277 $164.50
8/14/2016 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131634/Lot# 27185 $282.00
3/13/2019 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131912/Lot# 25196 $288.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1844 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base113520123029853958677488210661206133314771799258534474431723011503184572984135705
461572112533785556498109431113124813811584206128723775536486541382122252317960
000000649810943111312481381158420612872377553648654138212225200
00000071184610051159129114291692232331604103629710079161392604600
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1206
Owner: 123cents
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1066
Owner: Shep
 
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