Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 200,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.66 (2/24/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1891 50C MS obverse 1891 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

In its last year of production for the Seated Liberty design, the Philadelphia Mint struck 200,000 half dollars. Due to this relatively high mintage, this coin is not rare in an absolute sense. However, it is quite difficult to find in gem or above.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1891 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 60.00 80.00 110 155 240 300 360 425 550 600 650 775 1225 1700 4300 7250 27500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 900 1350 1850 4750 8250 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 172
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
10/31/2010 PCGS G 4   Teletrade Auction 2951, 2951/Lot# 1831 $63.25
1/29/2012 NGC MS 66   Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2507 $4,025.00
10/17/2012 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1764 $3,055.00
4/24/2013 NGC MS 63   Deep Prooflike Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2216 $1,292.50
3/23/2014 PCGS MS 69   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 180994 $324.50
9/5/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3498, 6052/Lot# 20203 $129.25
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10419 $287.00
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 3989 $5,640.00
8/18/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers 2015 Chicago ANA, 6104/Lot# 42451 $411.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1891 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base122028839550264268482087499011731271133314501843223336204630884975051115316810
7424332443154965672983891310511206129213721581197326953957603688498721130390
0000007298389131051120612921372158119732695395760368849872100
0000007758569511112123813121411171221033158429374438849993700
1891 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111113305656847588589219661131125716762828334045666362902213011
1111111040860470879187993610211173139620602998374851647248103510
0000004086047087918799361021117313962060299837485164724800
0000004866447338249009511076121515362444316941575763813500
1891 50C MS Deep Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1111111111111123451412048397049111
111111111111178223451374436055767049110
000000111111178223451374436055767049100
0000001111111156423452747459963127049100
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