Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 938,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.89 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 50C MS obverse 1856 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Philadelphia's production of half dollars rose modestly from the low of 1855, and this issue is moderately scarce in grades XF and higher. Mint State survivors are quite elusive for a P-Mint half of the period, and gems are very rare.

A total of 10 die marriages have been identified. These are comprised of 10 each obverse and reverse dies. At least two collars were employed, since reed counts of either 145 or 146 have been observed.

There are only minor varieties, with two dies showing repunching of numeral 1.

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Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1856 50C MS
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Base $ 45.00 65.00 58.00 95.00 190 265 290 340 500 635 730 885 1450 2800 6300 14000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3100 6700 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 143
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1856 50C MS
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Base--321012215101423-7991152----143
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Total--321012215101423-7991152----143
 --2%1%7%8%15%3%7%10%16%-5%6%6%8%3%1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1135201230298527563725783882108112331321155818862585431962488869139692220926947
46157211253374539617744816948113212621400166721193163496271221056916716237880
00000061774481694811321262140016672119316349627122105691671600
000000671764849101511821292147917772352374156057995122691946200
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Grade: MS 63
Points: 1886
Owner: G & R coins
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1081
Owner: ddr70
 
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