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: $6.50 (7/10/2020)
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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Last Updated: 6/25/2019

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1869 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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: 156
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: 7/7/2020 1869 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base113-6132112141625391010911----155
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--------------11------2
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Total113-61321121416253910111011----157
 1%1%2%-4%8%13%8%9%10%16%2%6%6%7%6%1%1%---- 
1869 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------1--------1
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--------------1-------1
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Total-------------11-------2
 -------------50%50%------- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base113119422028855159778386510281103122613031668230232814694100128972141322247027248
4415220324337656665981091910531144125214251879262837526467100121069216911240630
0000006598109191053114412521425187926283752646710012106921691100
0000007218389741078118512771546209129554223823910012124121969100
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1028
Owner: vpitman
 
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