Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 916,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.41 (9/21/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 S 50C MS obverse 1863 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although P-mint silver issues were widely hoarded and/or melted during the turmoil of the Civil War, S-mint deliveries continued to circulate heavily in California throughout the 1860s. The 1863-S was one of those half dollar issues that saw heavy use despite its modest original delivery of 916,000 pieces. All Mint State survivors of this delivery must be considered quite scarce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/29/2014

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1863 S 50C MS
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Base $ 38.00 55.00 70.00 105 225 225 290 365 510 610 725 875 1300 2600 5100 16500 28500 - - - -
$ 250 325 400 550 660 775 965 1425 2850 5500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 107
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1256 $1,207.50
6/26/2008 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2008 June West Palm Beach, FL (Summer FUN) Signature Coin Auction #1110, 1110/Lot# 5903 $460.00
5/2/2010 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 2846, 2846/Lot# 2131 $207.00
6/1/2011 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1156/Lot# 3653 $4,025.00
6/9/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 113108 $160.71
11/15/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34568 $499.38
11/15/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34569 $305.50
2/23/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 792, 801/Lot# 548 $1,700.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1445 $4,993.75


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