Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.09 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 50C PF obverse 1856 50C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only about 25 proof 1856 half dollars survive, the rarest Seated denomination of the year. In 1977, Breen stated that about 14 of these exist, raising the total to 20 to 25 in his Complete Encyclopedia. Wiley and Bugert, Dave Bowers, and Dave Akers all reported similar populations in later years. Most of the survivors are in lower numeric grades.

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Last Updated: 12/5/2013

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1856 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2350 2850 3600 7350 13500 21250 30000 52500 - - -
$ - - - - - 2550 3100 4000 7900 15000 24500 33000 60000 -
1856 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 15000 26000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 22500 32500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 20
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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5/28/2006 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 2925 $12,075.00
8/8/2007 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2007 Milwaukee, WI (ANA) Signature Coin Auction #444, 444/Lot# 1796 $37,375.00
4/28/2010 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2010 April-May Milwaukee, WI CSNS US Coin Auction #1139, 1139/Lot# 2408 $5,462.50
8/15/2011 NGC PF 63   Cameo Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7053 $4,887.50
1/9/2013 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5672 $19,975.00
4/24/2013 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2217 $5,875.00
11/15/2013 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1190/Lot# 33488 $17,625.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94998210151048108211171153119012271266130513451483173523623167437057137885230944278078341
96099310261059109311291165120212401279131813911567194426303568481764371295429656546330
000000116512021240127913181391156719442630356848176437129542965600
000000117712141253129213311437165121532898396952657161180243621800
1856 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1010104410781113114811851222126012991339138114231566182824793313455459388170237243191057735
1021105510891124116011971234127313121353139514701653204527573726501566821335426452405180
000000123412731312135313951470165320452757372650156682133542645200
000000124712861325136714091518174022623035414054767426185392918100
1856 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1094113011661202124012791319136014011444148715311683195926433516481162508564276705118693625
1106114211781214125312921332137314151458150115811775218729343947529070211493235508653320
000000133213731415145815011581177521872934394752907021149323550800
000000134613871429147215161632186724153225437957707792213014334700
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