Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 227,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $9.21 (12/2/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1850 50C MS obverse 1850 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The abrupt plunge in half dollar production at the Philadelphia Mint in 1850 may be explained by the prevailing price of gold in the aftermath of the California Gold Rush. This metal became so abundant that it's value fell in relation to silver, and this led to United States silver coins being more than face value. Unable to circulate freely, they were mostly exported to Europe to be traded as just so much bullion, and many were melted within months of their coining.

Unlike most entries in this long series, 1850(P) half dollars are scarce across all grades. The number of Mint State pieces is disproportionately high in relation to worn examples, yet choice survivors are rare. This issue is always in demand from collectors.

A total of four die marriages have been cataloged. Three obverses were paired with a similar number of reverse dies. The only variety observed is an obverse die on which numeral 0 was repunched to the northwest of its first impression (VP-001, WB-102). This die was paired with two different reverse dies, though collectors rarely attempt to locate both marriages.

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1850 50C MS
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Base $ 350 615 700 875 1080 1225 1350 1575 1850 2125 2300 2875 4125 6500 26000 - 120000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3300 - 7350 40000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 99
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/1/2020 1850 50C MS
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Base--324553815222761151-----99
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Total--324553815222771151-----100
 --3%2%4%5%5%3%8%15%22%2%7%7%11%5%1%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16958911173142115581644186520092106230224642643288534864290754358797132112421568619374
2327609851256146715871718191320412171235625242724308537545374754362978502127231691520343
00000017181913204121712356252427243085375453747543629785021272300
00000017911961207422372410258328043286402264597543671498721420500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 7543
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
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