Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 77,130
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $9.46 (10/20/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1852 50C MS obverse 1852 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Half dollar production plunged at the Philadelphia Mint this year, a recognition that the coins could not circulate with their bullion value exceeding their face value. Those that were coined mostly were sent to England as just so much silver bullion and quickly destroyed. As a consequence this issue is rare across all grades. Mint State examples, while not common, do exist in numbers disproportionate to the low mintage, and they tend to be quite well made. Choice and gem pieces are available but highly prized and priced.

A single obverse die and three reverses were paired for a total of three die marriages. This suggests that the 77,130 1852(P) half dollars were struck sporadically at different times during the year. No significant varieties have surfaced, but reed counts of either 144 or 145 are known.

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Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1852 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 76
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/13/2020 1852 50C MS
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Base-11-41673610141385312---76
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Total-11-41673610141385322---77
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