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: $6.37 (10/13/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1890 50C MS obverse 1890 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

1890 proved to be the final date of 12,000-coin half dollar production, as an actual demand for more halves in circulation arose the following year. This issue is comparable in rarity to the halves of 1888-89, with more Mint State survivors than would have been the case had these coins gone directly into circulation. Gems exist in sufficient numbers to satisfy the advanced date collector, and a number of pieces have been certified as PL (prooflike). Worn coins are scarce in relation to most pre-1879 dates, but they are more available than for the lower-mintage years 1879-87.

Wiley and Bugert report two die marriages for this date, though it isn't made clear whether any of the dies were used for both proofs and currency strikes. It's likely that each pair was unique to a single edition, and the Mint easily could have produced all 12,000 non-proofs in a single press run without changing dies. The sole reed count for 1890 half dollars is 153.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/4/2019

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1890 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 400 500 585 675 785 925 975 1000 1050 1090 1180 1300 1540 1900 4250 6800 19400 34500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 4800 7900 28000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 110
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 61
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1890 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base215134---36-66131714851--95
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Total215134---36-66131714851--95
 2 %1 %5 %1 %3 %4 %---3 %6 %-6 %6 %14 %18 %15 %8 %5 %1 %-- 
1890 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------42441---15
-----------------1----1
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Total--------------42451---16
 --------------25 %13 %25 %31 %6 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
1/2/1997 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0907, 907/Lot# 1298 $2,193.50
9/2/2012 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg September 2-5, 2012 The September 2-5, 2012, 70/Lot# 1384 $4,830.00
9/6/2012 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(3), 1174/Lot# 4589 $1,116.25
7/27/2013 NGC MS 63   Prooflike Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2215 $1,057.50
12/5/2013 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4742 $1,527.50
11/2/2014 PCGS VG 10   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10418 $400.00
2/22/2018 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1272/Lot# 4804 $1,800.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1890 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111633101010761120118112211229131215141697282833403982516068149167
11111211758103210901140119412231256137915752074299835544374571175980
000000758103210901140119412231256137915752074299835544374571100
000000884105411051160120712261284144616362451316937684767626200
1890 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base879941106611521206139314661488152115471634170718431949208724333583437571387808755810402
90098310951170126814171473149915301576165817521878199522022816384752967361780885060
0000001473149915301576165817521878199522022816384752967361780800
0000001481151015381605168317981914204123183200411162177585780800
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1843
Owner: 123cents
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1547
Owner: G & R coins
 
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