Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,156,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.38 (7/23/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1847 50C MS obverse 1847 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is a common coin in worn condition, though fully Mint State pieces are moderately scarce. As with most half dollars of this period, gems are quite rare. Though often seen with cracked dies, particularly on the reverse, the typical 1847 Philadelphia Mint half dollar is well struck.

Eight obverse dies were paired with nine reverses in various combinations to produce a total of 14 known die marriages. Two collars were employed, these having either 144 or 145 reeds.

Varieties are mostly minor, with the very notable exception of the bold overdate, 1847/1846 (FS-301, WB-102). This variety is highly sought and brings a hefty premium.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1847 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 52.00 65.00 85.00 205 300 360 500 650 680 950 1200 2400 3750 9750 17500 31000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 10750 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/23/2019 1847 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-3-357169111924-467721----124
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Total-3-357169111924-467721----124
 -2 %-2 %4 %6 %13 %7 %9 %15 %19 %-3 %5 %6 %6 %2 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/22/1996 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0843, 843/Lot# 1434 $228.90
3/31/2011 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1979 $6,900.00
8/11/2011 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10261 $747.50
9/25/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Goldberg September 22-25, 2013 September Pre Long Beach, 75/Lot# 751 $276.00
11/15/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1190/Lot# 33472 $38,187.50
4/13/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/13/2014, 181/Lot# 182603 $396.00
11/16/2014 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 830, 839/Lot# 831 $155.00
5/31/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23488 $235.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1847 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1135201230298551620745820990133313931658188624012985481764009419149262386228852
461572112533825746627708771104135314811734205825963596534574061125517905255250
000000662770877110413531481173420582596359653457406112551790500
000000703795933121913731570181022292790420658728413130902088300
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1658
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 276
Owner: 123cents
 
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