Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 12,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.14 (12/15/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 50C MS obverse 1889 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 4 to 5 thousands coins made annually "for circulation" during most of the 1880s were apparently not enough to discourage speculators, so the Philadelphia Mint more than doubled this production for the years 1888-90. Mint State survivors of the 1889 half dollar survive in disproportionate numbers to the overall total for this date. While gems exist in sufficient numbers to satisfy advanced collectors, it's interesting to note that the PL and DPL coins known for preceding issues are not found with the 1889 entry.

A total of two die marriages are known for 1889 half dollars, but the Wiley-Bugert book doesn't specify their application to proof versus currency strikes. It's likely that each marriage and collar was unique to a single production. The 1889 half dollar is found with either 152 or 153 reeds.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/8/2019

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1889 50C MS
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Base $ 425 460 550 680 800 865 900 975 1100 1150 1200 1450 1600 2150 5100 8350 17000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 5300 14000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 116
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67

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, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/10/2019 1889 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-15211243147-410162410111---116
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Total-15211243147-410162410111---116
 -1 %4 %2 %9 %2 %3 %3 %1 %3 %6 %-3 %9 %14 %21 %9 %9 %1 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1289 $1,552.50
8/11/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10360 $805.00
11/18/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 3383, 3383/Lot# 1840 $340.00
8/18/2013 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 765, 774/Lot# 53 $750.00
1/19/2014 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131404/Lot# 26185 $658.00
9/14/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 215976 $337.00
10/10/2014 PCGS F 15   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15272 $387.75
8/30/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131536/Lot# 23083 $446.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1889 50C MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111160296610421091116212061221131215021665291333864090534271099639
1111120172399110581115117712111251137515562081307136214507593179520
00000072399110581115117712111251137515562081307136214507593100
000000845101710751138119112161282143916112497322838554925652000
1889 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base954102110811110123314211488145514881558164417071799177619452233354545393917513068469308
976104110911151129614431488146615111587166517381799183220412670387645394321570276670
0000001488146615111587166517381799183220412670387645394321570200
0000001488147715351615168617681799188921373108420845394726627400
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 3545
Owner: Mike Hayes
 
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