Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 200,750
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $10.45 (9/18/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 50C MS obverse 1851 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With the bullion value of a half dollar being several cents over its face value in 1851, these coins failed to circulate domestically, causing much hardship in daily commerce. The effect of this situation is seen in the small number coined, most of which were immediately exported and subsequently melted overseas.

The 1851(P) half dollar is scarce to rare across all grades, though its non-circulating status at the time has resulted in a disproportionate population of Mint State or About Uncirculated survivors. A few gems have been certified of this entry, which was well made overall.

There are eight known die marriages, these being the product of four obverse and five reverse dies. This is a bit more than one would expect of such a low mintage, but these coins were likely made at different times during the year. All were coined with a collar having 145 reeds.

Some good varieties exist for the collector, though the value of this issue by date/mint alone makes variety collecting quite a luxury. Two repunched dates are known, along with a misplaced date. See NGC's VarietyPlus page for Seated Liberty Half Dollars for illustrations of these coins.

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Last Updated: 4/24/2020

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1851 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 815 1020 1145 1560 2050 2250 2375 2550 2800 3750 4050 4375 4750 6750 19750 53000 60500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 51
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1851 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1---3-23347-638821----51
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Total1---3-23347-638821----51
 2%---6%-4%6%6%8%14%-12%6%16%16%4%2%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base84790811031363182121242233230224642614283430803216330336394290587971388530117221640020208
8679731190151619222160225623562514268729163125324534153856482062997602959413281176690
00000022562356251426872916312532453415385648206299760295941328100
000000227924102564276129983171327435274073534967188066106581484100
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 4290
Owner: Coin Maven
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 2464
Owner: vpitman
 
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