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: $6.29 (5/26/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1889 50C MS obverse 1889 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The Philadelphia Mint was clearly focusing on striking silver dollars in 1889 as opposed to halves. Only 12,000 half dollars were struck that year, versus nearly 22 million silver dollars. However, Seated Liberty half dollars are not nearly as widely collected as Morgans, so this has helped to keep prices down even though this issue is many times rarer than the Morgan. This is evidenced by the NGC Census. Thus far, NGC has certified only 111 examples of the 1889 Seated Liberty half, versus 48,022 Morgan dollars of the same year and mint.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1889 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 420 500 530 655 790 815 835 915 1075 1150 1200 1450 1500 1700 4250 7150 18500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 4650 8500 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 111
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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12/3/2009 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2009 December Houston, TX US Coin Auction #1132, 1132/Lot# 7856 $517.50
9/4/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1296 $276.00
9/6/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4588 $734.38
9/6/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 8519 $822.50
11/18/2012 NGC Details XF Details  Teletrade Auction 3383, 3383/Lot# 1840 $340.00
2/22/2013 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7214 $399.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4269 $3,407.50
9/14/2014 PCGS F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/14/2014, 192/Lot# 215976 $337.00
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10417 $458.00


NGC Registry

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