Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 747,200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/19/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 50C MS obverse 1859 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Half dollar coinage plunged at the Philadelphia Mint after the record production of 1858. The 1859(P) half dollar is slightly scarce in all circulated grades, with Mint State examples being more so. Gems are seldom found, despite the overall high quality for this issue.

To date, 11 obverse dies have been identified. Along with 10 reverses, these produced a total of 11 die marriages. Both the old reverse hub of 1842 and the newly adopted hub of 1858 are seen on dies of this year, with the Type 1 Reverse being slightly more available.

Two collar gauges has been noted---145 or 146 reeds, respectively. Aside from the reverse hub types, there are no notable varieties for the 1859 Philadelphia half dollar.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1859 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 70.00 80.00 110 215 325 335 440 550 600 750 950 1400 2200 5700 20000 25500 - - -
$ - - - - 575 - - - - 2650 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 222
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
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 1859 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base112313729151637331917111971----222
---------------1------1
---------------2------2
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Total112313729151637331917112271----225
 0 %0 %1 %1 %6 %3 %13 %7 %7 %16 %15 %0 %4 %8 %5 %10 %3 %0 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/25/2004 NGC MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2357 $604.00
6/22/2004 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24065, 24065/Lot# 13521 $333.50
8/26/2012 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3335, 3335/Lot# 1907 $280.00
2/22/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7197 $182.13
9/25/2013 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8271 $282.00
3/9/2014 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 117857 $93.50
10/19/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 826, 835/Lot# 321 $1,600.00
7/9/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1222/Lot# 3963 $1,645.00
5/15/2019 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131921/Lot# 27322 $360.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1231352012303115515977938821005117312191357163419492585398460487960118271839622532
127157211257391566662823923106111881265144917392161305146726685924914017197750
00000066282392310611188126514491739216130514672668592491401700
000000728852964111712041311154218442373351853607323105381620600
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 6048
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1005
Owner: 123cents
 
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