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: $6.97 (2/22/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1852 50C MS obverse 1852 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

It was not until February of 1853 that a weight reduction went into effect for all subsidiary silver coinage. This weight reduction did not occur without considerable debate in Congress and concern over 'cheating' U.S. citizens by producing coinage with less than their stated value in precious metal. The problem had been that for decades both silver and gold coins had been melted as the raw silver or gold content was worth more than the coin's face value. Which makes one wonder, why was this pre-1853 large silver coin set aside, and in such a superior grade? Was it meant to be melted and spared because of its extraordinary condition? Was it a part of some now forgotten hoard of 1852 halves? Or did someone simply look at this coin in 1852 and appreciate its special surface qualities? Only 77,130 pieces were minted of this issue, and obviously melting and attrition took a heavy toll.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 73
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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2/4/1998 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 1021, 1021/Lot# 1505 $8,056.00
2/20/2005 NGC MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1239 $9,775.00
3/31/2011 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2011 Baltimore Auction, 83/Lot# 1982 $1,265.00
4/27/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 10629 $1,035.00
11/15/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33718 $1,880.00
9/14/2014 NGC XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 216234 $900.00
7/9/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1222/Lot# 3957 $2,115.00


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