Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 302,700
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.86 (7/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1860 50C MS obverse 1860 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Production of half dollars at the Philadelphia Mint declined still further from 1859's figure, and this is a moderately scarce issue in lower circulated grades. It becomes quite scarce at the XF level and higher. Mint State examples are not rare in an absolute sense, but they are noticeably harder to find that for the several preceding years of P-Mint half dollars. On the positive side, the typical MS survivor is well struck from dies that were in good condition.

Wiley and Bugert have cataloged nine die marriages, these comprised of seven obverse and eight reverse dies. In an unusual situation for Philadelphia Mint coins, no fewer than three different collars are found for 1860(P): 144, 145 or 146 reeds. Collectors typically take little notice of these, not considering them to be an interesting feature to seek.

Both the old reverse hub of 1842 and the new one of 1858 are seen on the reverse dies for this issue. As the older dies were being used up by this time, those taken from the new hub are more often seen.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1860 50C MS
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Base $ 50.00 70.00 80.00 100.00 225 360 400 480 550 680 750 1100 1550 2250 5700 22000 65000 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 84
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

The chart showing 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: 7/16/2019 1860 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2--249758141494834----84
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Total-2--2497581414105834----86
 -2 %--2 %5 %10 %8 %6 %9 %16 %1 %5 %12 %6 %9 %3 %5 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/21/2002 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304, 304/Lot# 7333 $661.25
4/14/2008 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 238, 244/Lot# 684 $471.50
1/29/2012 NGC XF 40   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 772 $661.00
3/8/2012 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1168/Lot# 7843 $172.50
6/17/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3295, 3295/Lot# 1864 $253.00
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122015 $170.50
3/16/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/16/2014, 172/Lot# 178016 $396.00
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 5181 $2,820.00
2/22/2018 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1272/Lot# 8237 $660.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1860 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base113520123732057563183890810511239136314771776204827544499701410226127211999524387
461572132654055947008619561114128014011577186722833336533780851105815146214590
000000700861956111412801401157718672283333653378085110581514600
0000007698851003117613221439167619572519391761769155118891757000
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 1776
Owner: JTO
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1051
Owner: ddr70
 
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