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: $6.29 (7/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1846 50C MS obverse 1846 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

At one time NGC did not routinely distinguish between the Medium Date and Tall 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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1846 50C MS
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Base $ 48.00 55.00 75.00 100.00 215 350 390 450 635 700 950 1300 2350 5350 12500 - - - - -
$ - - 400 490 650 - - - - 5750 21000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 53
Low Grade: 45
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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 1846 50C MS
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Base------432616-56434-----53
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Total------432616-56434-----53
 ------8 %6 %4 %11 %30 %-9 %11 %8 %6 %8 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
5/29/1996 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0845, 845/Lot# 1499 $207.10
6/30/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/30/2013, 81/Lot# 121971 $160.60
6/4/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1206/Lot# 3925 $851.88
6/3/2014 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4037 $1,043.40
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10321 $180.00
1/7/2015 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10344 $1,292.50
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# 7691 $705.00
8/15/2018 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131834/Lot# 25363 $480.00


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