Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 511,400
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.73 (9/17/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1865 50C MS obverse 1865 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1865 half dollar started out with a mintage of 511,400 business strikes. Relatively few pieces are extant. Some of these are 'hoard' coins, as alluded to by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert in their Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars: 'A hoard of 15 pieces was released about 8 months prior to the 1980 ANA sale. Another hoard of approximately 20 Uncirculated coins of this date was supposedly released by a dealer just prior to the 1987 ANA.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1865 50C MS
Base $ 50.00 70.00 110 175 350 350 500 550 775 900 1000 1150 1325 1750 2850 7250 21000 33000 - - -
$ 385 550 600 875 1000 1100 1250 1450 1900 3800 8000 23500 35000 -
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Total Graded: 71
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2862, 2862/Lot# 1852 $690.00
8/11/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10320 $632.50
7/27/2013 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2178 $3,172.50
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8293 $1,292.50
6/1/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131423/Lot# 24263 $205.63
7/18/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21164 $270.25
8/8/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21313 $352.50

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