Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,766,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.36g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $5.82 (2/7/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1844 50C MS obverse 1844 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

This is a P-mint that was not given much respect (to quote the late Rodney Dangerfield) by Messrs. Wiley and Bugert. In their 1993 reference on the series, they had this to say about the 1844: 'Similar in scarcity to the 1844-O in circulated grades but more common in mint state as are most P-mints when compared to branch mints of the same date.' In our experience, the 1844 is a seldom-seen coin in MS64 condition, even though the Mint cranked out 1.7 million pieces.

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Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1844 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 140
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 65


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2/7/2016 MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 February 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1232/Lot# 7404


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5/29/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 291 $747.50
11/18/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3383, 3383/Lot# 1823 $200.00
2/2/2014 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/02/2014, 177/Lot# 168346 $93.52
6/3/2014 PCGS AU 55   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4035 $329.00
10/8/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1210/Lot# 7934 $352.50
12/14/2014 NGC VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 834, 843/Lot# 610 $150.00
1/4/2015 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131502/Lot# 23354 $117.50
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32083 $176.25
9/13/2015 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131538/Lot# 27152 $211.50


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