Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 589,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (7/19/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1845 50C MS obverse 1845 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The relatively modest of this issue compared with the Philadelphia Mint's output during 1842-44 is unexplained, but it has left the 1845(P) half dollar rare in Mint State. Even XF-AU are quite scarce and highly sought by date collectors.

Bugert's die study book identified six die marriages resulting from the use of four obverse dies and a like number of reverses. Only two collars appear to have been used, one with 145 reeds and the other 146. No varieties have surfaced for this issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1845 50C MS
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Base $ 55.00 80.00 120 195 355 535 600 700 900 1100 1390 2250 4500 13000 - - - - - -
$ - - 620 725 925 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 61
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1845 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--12635875921633------61
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Total--12635875921633------61
 --2 %3 %10 %5 %8 %13 %11 %8 %15 %3 %2 %10 %5 %5 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
9/15/2003 NGC MS 64   Goldberg September 15-17, 2003 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 21/Lot# 427 $5,175.00
8/3/2009 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 398, 404/Lot# 667 $425.50
12/15/2010 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2979, 2979/Lot# 1378 $264.50
7/14/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 125819 $101.20
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4124 $3,466.25
6/4/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7689 $493.50
7/26/2015 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20261 $199.75
2/20/2018 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131809/Lot# 27494 $660.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1845 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1471632553365758028561081117913631531175319282433352555634431813012639198593150637604
152194282416651820931111412401419160518112096279742045563566496331504623741335390
00000093111141240141916051811209627974204556356649633150462374100
0000001006114613021475167918702265316148845563689711136174522762400
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 1179
Owner: TerryZman
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 401
Owner: 123cents
 
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