Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 938,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.44g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.01 (9/26/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 50C MS obverse 1856 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Even though close to a million half dollars were struck in 1856, this is a very scarce and overlooked issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1856 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 85.00 165 265 290 350 495 570 665 865 1375 2200 6300 16000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 123
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Sale / Lot
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2/19/2001 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1408, 1408/Lot# 1334 $174.40
9/21/2009 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 412, 418/Lot# 7672 $230.00
2/3/2013 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/03/2013, 60/Lot# 96240 $42.01
2/7/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1182/Lot# 7949 $646.25
5/26/2013 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131323/Lot# 28161 $188.00
6/1/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131423/Lot# 24253 $135.13
7/11/2014 NGC VF 35   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6120 $270.25


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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