Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,252,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $8.73 (9/23/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1849 50C MS obverse 1849 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint's production of half dollars rose a normal level in 1849, following its dip the previous year. This would be the last year of significant mintages there until 1853, when the new weight standard went into effect. A drop in the price of gold following the vast California discoveries of 1848-49 soon led to the hoarding and exporting of silver coins. This issue is plentiful across all grades through Extremely Fine, and only at the AU and Mint State level does it become slightly scarce. Gems are, of course, rare.

A total of 15 die marriages are known from the pairing of 11 obverses with a like number of reverses. Numerous repunched date varieties have been cataloged, the best of these featuring completely doubled dates (FS-301, WB-102 and VP-002, WB-103). The collars used featured either 144 or 145 reeds.

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1849 50C MS
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 100.00 125 260 420 520 620 910 1030 1150 1900 2250 4125 15000 - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 110
Low Grade: VF
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

The chart showing 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: 9/22/2020 1849 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----46109617231161583-----109
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Total----46109617231161793-----112
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1849 50C MS PL
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Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1849 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11552202553956747051088118612711421163418212124255535834141758611770184602923735015
52177232302488684833112112141321149216961922226828983769528989811400022052311630
00000083311211214132114921696192222682898376952898981140002205200
000000960115312431371156317592023241132403955643810375162302564500
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1271
Owner: 123cents
 
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