Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 227,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.36g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $7.24 (8/27/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1850 50C MS obverse 1850 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1850 is an important condition rarity among early Seated Liberty Half Dollar issue, being far more difficult in all grades than its rather modest production of 227,000 pieces would suggest. Only a few dozen Mint State pieces are believed to survive and the quantity of Gems can probably be counted on one hand.

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1850 50C MS
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Base $ 350 465 700 875 950 1225 1350 1575 1850 2300 2500 2950 4125 6500 26000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3300 - 7350 40000 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 91
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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6/10/2007 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2379, 2379/Lot# 1555 $980.00
12/3/2009 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions "2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction Session(4)", 1132/Lot# 7811 $690.00
1/30/2011 NGC AU 50   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1450 $483.00
2/22/2013 NGC MS 61   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 1429 $1,703.75
9/25/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8239 $1,116.25
11/2/2014 PCGS G 6   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10331 $325.00
5/12/2015 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2015 May 12 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection III US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1228/Lot# 98469 $117,500.00
6/4/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1221/Lot# 4512 $1,292.50
4/27/2016 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1234/Lot# 3505 $1,762.50


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