Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 158,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.13 (9/24/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 S 50C MS obverse 1857 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1857-S is a surprisingly rare coin in all grades, but especially so in high grades. According to Wiley and Bugert (1992) 'underrated in all grades, especially when compared with 1855-S.' High praise indeed with the high profile rarity of the 1855-S half.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1857 S 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 63


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Auction Prices Realized

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1/29/2007 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 124, 129/Lot# 824 $1,496.15
1/9/2008 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 1553 $2,300.00
4/26/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2844, 2844/Lot# 1794 $862.50
9/4/2011 PCGS XF 45   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1257 $1,035.00
9/7/2011 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7825 $632.50
2/28/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3307 $212.75
9/6/2012 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 8475 $940.00
9/7/2014 PCGS MS 62   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 166994 $16,700.00


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