Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,548,300
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.04 (12/7/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1893 COLUMBIAN 50C MS obverse 1893 COLUMBIAN 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1892 and 1893 Columbian half dollars were the first commemorative coins issued by the United States. They were coined to commemorate the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. This event, also known as the Chicago World's Fair, was to be held in 1892.

With the cost of the fair ballooning, an enterprising manager of the expo suggested that souvenir half dollars be produced and sold for $1 each to help cover the cost of the exposition. The bill to produce the coin was passed on August 5th of 1892 and called for the mintage of no more than 5 million half dollar coins.

The striking of these coins began with special proof issues on November 19th of 1892 to national fanfare. So great was the fervor that the company that produced the Remington typewriter paid an astounding $10,000 for the first coin struck, an amount equal to nearly a quarter of a million dollars today!

However, these coins are not usually worth nearly that much today aside from the few survivors in very high grade. With a mintage of 950,000 in 1892 and a further 1,548,300 produced in 1893, the Columbian Exposition Half Dollar is the most common type of the entire classic commemorative series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 2/28/2017

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1893 50C COLUMBIAN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 16.15 16.25 17.25 17.50 18.50 20.00 26.00 30.00 44.00 55.00 80.00 135 410 900 5750 - - -
$ - - - - 28.00 - 49.00 60.00 95.00 175 550 1700 21000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 6383
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 62
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: 12/3/2019 1893 50C COLUMBIAN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2-2651366045501554052022086714231967666147331--6156
--------------3741461--35
--------------15892---25
-----------------1----1
Total2-2651366045501554052022086714271979678171412--6217
 0 %-0 %0 %1 %1 %1 %1 %1 %2 %7 %0 %4 %14 %23 %32 %11 %3 %1 %0 %-- 
1893 50C COLUMBIAN MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1151104458742621---223
--------------12------3
---------------11-----2
-----------------------
Total--------1151104459772721---228
 --------0 %0 %2 %0 %4 %19 %26 %34 %12 %1 %0 %--- 
1893 50C COLUMBIAN MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-11-1----4
-----------------------
-----------------------
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Total------------1-11-1----4
 ------------25 %-25 %25 %-25 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/29/1996 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 0862, 862/Lot# 1606 $45.78
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 416 $510.00
3/9/2009 NGC MS 64   Prooflike David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 344, 350/Lot# 1187 $230.00
12/17/2013 PCGS MS 65   Bonhams Coins and Medals Featuring the Robbins Collection of US Gold Coins, 21037/Lot# 1383 $877.00
7/11/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 7143 $76.38
9/7/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 198345 $50.00
9/24/2017 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131740/Lot# 22202 $360.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1893 50C COLUMBIAN MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5054637272767676859411913519424134853912352154552975861461026965
5157667273767679881021241552102774127711541327962159927187280
000000767988102124155210277412771154132796215992700
00000076829111113017422531247510031848440469001226900
1893 50C COLUMBIAN MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base54637281818585859410212714721226237557913072263574978631505927671
57667581828585889711013416922930044382216263425645410262192630
0000008588971101341692293004438221626342564541026200
00000085919911914019024533751110641944458771581266000
1893 50C COLUMBIAN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4550596363676772768510612317922032050211662048531673171417126273
475360636467697379921121421932533817231460313759839602182050
00000069737992112142193253381723146031375983960200
000000707582991171602062874419451754422766501188600
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: MS 68
Points: 9602
Owner: J & L
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5983
Owner: Chippewa
 
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