Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 580,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $10.39 (9/19/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1848 50C MS obverse 1848 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint coined only about the number of half dollars as in 1847, and this is issue is noticeably scarcer than 1847(P). It is not, however, the rarity it's often touted as. The number of Mint State survivors is lower than for the two preceding years, but there appear to be enough to meet the needs of very advanced collectors. The higher circulated grades are also somewhat elusive and command premiums over those for common dates. 1848(P) halves typically are well struck from dies that reveal little or no erosion.

The lack of die wear may be explained by the large number of die marriages known for this modest mintage. A total of 17 pairings have been identified, these produced with 12 obverse and nine reverse dies. Two reeding counts have been found---144 and 145.

Several repunched date (RPD) varieties are known. One of these was designated as 1848/47 by Wiley and Bugert, but the numeral remnants underlying the second 8 are all but impossible to see. Therefore, NGC labels this die as simply 4/4 (VP-002, WB-102), and its overdate status is questionable.

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Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1848 50C MS
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 115 210 425 560 700 845 940 1150 1390 2000 3000 3750 14500 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 76
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1848 50C MS
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Base-1313-9246162181181-----76
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Total-1313-9246162181181-----76
 -1%4%1%4%-12%3%5%8%21%3%1%11%14%11%1%----- 

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