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: $6.29 (7/21/2019)
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: 75
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, 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, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1852 50C MS
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Base-11-4177359141385312---75
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Total-11-4177359141385322---76
 -1 %1 %-5 %1 %9 %9 %4 %7 %12 %1 %5 %17 %11 %7 %4 %3 %3 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
Auction House
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Price
7/31/1993 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1993 ANA Sale #107, 107/Lot# 6338 $1,705.00
4/12/1999 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1153, 1153/Lot# 1584 $945.00
1/12/2005 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 7276 $1,380.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1238 $2,875.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1982 $1,265.00
9/14/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 216234 $900.00
4/22/2015 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7843 $1,292.50
12/3/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(3), 1227/Lot# 4399 $1,292.50


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