Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 476,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1858 S 50C MS obverse 1858 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This year marked the first substantial mintage of half dollars from the San Francisco Mint, and it is only moderately scarce in circulated grades. Mint State coins, however, are quite rare. Typically, these were quite well made and sharply struck.

The large number of dies sent in previous years resulted in the SF Mint requesting no additional reverses for 1858. A remarkable 14 die marriages are known from various combinations of 10 obverse and nine reverse dies. Unlike in 1857, it is the Large S variety which is common, while the newer dies bearing a Medium S were not used as much. All but two of the reverse dies seen on 1858-S halves bear a Large S. A single collar has been identified, and this features 138 reeds.

The only desirable variety is VP-001 (WB-103), on which the bottom of a duplicate numeral 8 is seen at the bottom of Liberty's base, directly above the second 8 of the date.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1858 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 75.00 110 170 190 430 650 750 910 1300 2000 2100 2500 4700 9375 20000 40000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 78
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, 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 1858 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2-217910410118-414131----78
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Total2-217910410118-414331----80
 3 %-3 %1 %9 %11 %13 %5 %13 %14 %10 %-5 %1 %5 %4 %4 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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9/29/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2934, 2934/Lot# 1298 $437.00
7/7/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 759, 768/Lot# 194 $220.00
7/27/2013 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 30590 $881.25
8/11/2013 PCGS XF 40   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/11/2013, 87/Lot# 129811 $330.00
1/19/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131404/Lot# 26596 $211.50
10/28/2015 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98674 $10,575.00
7/7/2016 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(5), 1237/Lot# 7421 $663.88


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 50C MS S
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11832373305639259901138123914771843204821972643360151046886908414465229503673243547
6220126840868494710391172131815991911209823462962410256987619108781729327544390040
0000001039117213181599191120982346296241025698761910878172932754400
0000001089120513981721198021472494328246036292835112671201223213800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 2197
Owner: SkyMan
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1477
Owner: G & R coins
 
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