Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 417,600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $9.11 (8/11/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1868 50C MS obverse 1868 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With silver coins still not circulating at par with federal paper money, the need for additional half dollars in the East was minimal. As a consequence, this issue had yet another modest mintage when compared to its San Francisco Mint cousin. Well worn pieces are not difficult to find, but the 1868(P) half dollar starts to become scarce in grades as low as Fine. Mint State survivors tend to be quite well made and attractive, but they are in very limited supply.

Six die marriages are known, these incorporating five obverse and four reverse dies. Three reed counts are known: 145, 152 and 153, respectively.

A minor repunched date variety (WB-102) reveals that the date was first punched slightly clockwise to the final impression, with duplicate numerals 18-8 visible.

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Last Updated: 6/25/2019

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1868 50C MS
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Base $ 100.00 120 185 225 360 545 650 850 975 1020 1300 1550 2100 3750 7300 16000 19400 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 55
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 8/11/2020 1868 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11235424466-52441-1---55
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Total11235424466-53441-1---56
 2%2%4%5%9%7%4%7%7%11%11%-9%5%7%7%2%-2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1868 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base183201304450620847908117312391303147716831865212423683194438959228036121601863822813
18923535350769686799611951260136115461744195122052643359249006627941114319200300
0000009961195126013611546174419512205264335924900662794111431900
000000108512171282141916141804203822872919399154117331107851647900
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Grade: VF Details
Points: 310
Owner: 123cents
 
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