Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,988,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.31 (10/13/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 50C MS obverse 1857 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Production of half dollars more than doubled over that of 1856, and this would be the first of two large mintage years for the Philadelphia Mint. This issue is common across all grades short of Mint State. Though not rare in unworn condition, gems are extremely elusive.

Some 14 obverse dies have been identified, and these were paired with a like number of reverses to create 16 known die marriages. Two collars have been observed, these having 145 or 146 reeds, respectively.

Two misplaced date (MPD) varieties are known: WB-102 and WB-103 (VP-001).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1857 50C MS
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Base $ 50.00 70.00 80.00 110 190 260 280 340 520 560 665 960 1200 2025 4375 12100 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 5700 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 263
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: 10/8/2019 1857 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--5322213515163733312181021102----263
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Total--5322213515163733312181021102----263
 --2 %1 %8 %8 %13 %6 %6 %14 %13 %1 %5 %7 %4 %8 %4 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2354 $1,955.00
9/5/2007 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2418, 2418/Lot# 1447 $336.00
7/8/2010 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 495, 501/Lot# 7432 $230.00
7/15/2012 NGC AU 58   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/15/2012, 31/Lot# 59692 $379.50
11/29/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1177/Lot# 9237 $250.28
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7195 $272.60
7/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131428/Lot# 24434 $141.00
11/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(3), 1211/Lot# 4285 $1,468.75
7/19/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131530/Lot# 27209 $129.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1135201230288515539674745847106611861351164418432585398457928839139442220226939
46157211249364523584698779920110612411449171020903051458768081054116697237810
00000058469877992011061241144917102090305145876808105411669700
00000062972181399311461296154617772338351851897823122421944900
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5792
Owner: kathy&barry
 
Grade: MS 65
Points: 3984
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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