Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 795,300
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.46 (9/17/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1869 50C MS obverse 1869 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The production of half dollars at the Philadelphia Mint rose substantially this year, yet it was still low in the overall context of this series. Examples of 1869(P) are scarce in the higher circulated grades. Mint State survivors are very scarce, with gems being truly rare. When found, however, they are usually well struck from dies showing little or no wear.

Nine die marriages are known. These were the result of combining six each obverse and reverse dies. The collars employed had either 146 or 153 reeds, a distinction which is readily apparent when stacking examples of each.

A minor repunched date variety is known for 1869(P) half dollars (WB-102), but this has attracted little interest outside of series specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/25/2019

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1869 50C MS
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Base $ 40.00 65.00 80.00 105 225 330 375 470 560 700 835 1180 1700 4000 11000 56500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 151
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
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: 9/17/2019 1869 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-12-6122012141525391010911----150
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Total-12-61220121415253910111011----152
 -1 %1 %-4 %8 %13 %8 %9 %10 %16 %2 %6 %7 %7 %7 %1 %1 %---- 
1869 50C MS Prooflike
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Base-------------1--------1
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Total-------------11-------2
 -------------50 %50 %------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
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Price
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1263 $718.75
5/22/2006 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2207, 2207/Lot# 1386 $156.80
10/17/2012 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 24700 $203.28
2/22/2013 PCGS AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7203 $451.20
7/6/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 182608 $288.00
8/31/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131436/Lot# 23655 $129.25
12/7/2014 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 833, 842/Lot# 219 $110.00
2/20/2018 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131809/Lot# 27502 $168.00


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