Coin Specifications

Category: Silver Commemoratives (1892-1954)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 950,000
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: George T. Morgan
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.37 (6/19/2021)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1892 COLUMBIAN 50C MS obverse 1892 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 1,550,405 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: 10/31/2018

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1892 50C COLUMBIAN MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - 16.15 16.25 17.25 17.50 18.50 21.00 29.00 34.00 48.00 58.00 80.00 150 425 1100 4500 37500 - -
$ - - - - - - - - 85.00 190 550 2300 11500 -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 5981
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 63
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: 6/15/2021 1892 50C COLUMBIAN MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------116317579613960152---397
--------------1-32----6
---------------112----4
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Total--------116317579714064192---407
 --------0%0%1%1%4%14%24%34%16%5%0%--- 
1892 50C COLUMBIAN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base2-42109181419592141015167612731959889233372--5581
--------------3361711---40
---------------1210142---38
---------------1162---10
Total2-42109181419592141015167612761975906270522--5669
 0%-0%0%0%0%0%0%0%1%4%0%3%12%23%35%16%5%1%0%-- 
1892 50C COLUMBIAN MS DPL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1-2-----3
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--------------1-------1
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Total--------------2-2-----4
 --------------50%-50%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1892 50C COLUMBIAN MS PL
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5054636767768185859813115120925133351910911895380089491327924401
515764677078828589109138170223278395710135925305516103921698625621
0000008285891091381702232783957101359253055161039200
0000008485941201441902373064579001627316572331183600
1892 50C COLUMBIAN MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5054596363677276768911913919423030848410281799363986441287023758
51566063646973768099126157206256367665128524125307100531649924946
000000737680991261572062563676651285241253071005300
0000007576851091321762182824258471542302669761146100
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 6976
Owner: Gregg Bingham
 
Grade: MS 67
Points: 5808
Owner: Chippewa
 
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