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: $7.54 (7/24/2014)
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
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2350 2850 3600 7350 13500 21250 30000 52500 - - -
$ - - - - - 2550 3100 4000 7900 15000 24500 33000 60000 -
1856 50C PF Cameo
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
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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Auction Prices Realized

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9/21/2005 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 3266 $11,500.00
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
3/15/2007 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 ANA Charlotte National Money Show Auction, Presented by Robert Korver #432, 432/Lot# 828 $6,325.00
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
10/18/2012 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4402 $11,168.38
1/9/2013 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 4353 $22,325.00
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


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4290437544854588469447934888500451155222534754475747610564596820719875927999230954278078341
4318441145194623472748244926504151505263538055475866622365796946732977271303129656546330
000000492650415150526353805547586662236579694673297727130312965600
000000496550785186530554135647598563416699707274607863180633621800
1856 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base447345734676477948854991510152115326543755535671600163476699707774657869828992343191057735
450646074710481449205027513752495363547555925781611664646825720675998009860416792405180
00000051375249536354755592578161166464682572067599800986041679200
00000051745287540055145631589162316581695173357734814989192435100
1856 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4726483149375049513752655379549556195747585359736317668570397431785982478686276705118693625
4761486649745078517953035417553656615782589360876439680371697573798883931501435508653320
000000541755365661578258936087643968037169757379888393150143550800
000000545655775704581759336202656269217300771681178539213424334700
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