Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,988,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.44g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.09 (7/24/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 50C MS obverse 1857 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

With a sizeable (for the era) original mintage of 1.9 million pieces, the 1857 is an understandably plentiful coin in circulated grades. Mint State survivors, however, are remarkably scarce.

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Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1857 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 75.00 155 225 260 315 450 535 665 935 1150 2200 5500 13250 - - - -
$ 165 - 285 345 500 - - 1000 1275 2400 6000 14500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 242
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
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
6/2/2005 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 6261 $632.50
7/25/2010 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2894, 2894/Lot# 1808 $264.50
9/25/2011 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131140/Lot# 23035 $69.00
1/9/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1181/Lot# 10528 $646.25
2/24/2013 PCGS VF 25   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/24/2013, 63/Lot# 91128 $79.56
4/20/2014 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 800, 809/Lot# 1039 $100.00
6/4/2014 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1206/Lot# 3933 $485.28
7/11/2014 NGC AU 53   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6122 $211.50


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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