How much are my U.S. 1893 Columbian commemorative worth?

About 1893 Columbian Silver Commemoratives

Following the issuance of the 1892 Columbian Exposition half dollar, the first United States commemorative coin, the US Mint released a second run of Columbian halves in 1893. While the World’s Columbian Exposition was intended to open in 1892 to honor the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ transatlantic expedition in 1492, the event did not kick off until 1893. The United States Mint sold the 1893 Columbian half dollars at the fair for $1 each, and the popular coins were sold in huge numbers of more than 1.5 million.

The Columbian Exposition half dollars were designed by Charles E. Barber and George T. Morgan. Though seeing a large mintage, the 1893 Columbian half dollar was widely distributed, many did not wind up in proper coin collections but rather were squirreled away in change jars and boxes and eventually spent. In fact, most Columbian halves encountered today show wear. Gem uncirculated specimens are tough, with MS66s very scarce and examples grading MS67 or better quite rare.



Coin Date: 1893
Denom: 50c / Half dollar
Desg: MS
Mint Mark: P
Mint Location: Philadelphia
Coinage Type: Classic Commemoratives, Silver
Coinage Years: 1892-1954
Composition: 90% silver; 10% copper
Variety: Columbian
Strike Type: Business
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Weight: 12.5 gr
Edge: Reeded
Catalog #: 9297
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CDN Market Values for: 1893 Columbian
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MS67


CDN Market Values for: 1893 Columbian
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MS66 CAC


CDN Market Values for: 1893 Columbian
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MS66


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MS65 CAC


CDN Market Values for: 1893 Columbian
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MS65


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MS64 CAC


CDN Market Values for: 1893 Columbian
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MS64


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MS63 CAC


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MS63


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MS62 CAC


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MS62


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MS61 CAC


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MS61


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MS60 CAC


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MS60


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AU58 CAC


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AU58


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AU55 CAC


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AU55


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AU53 CAC


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AU53


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AU50 CAC


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AU50


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XF45 CAC


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XF45


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XF40 CAC


CDN Market Values for: 1893 Columbian
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XF40


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