Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 550
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.06 (8/28/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1862 50C PF obverse 1862 50C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Just 550 proof half dollars were coined in 1862, well into the fiercely contested Civil War. During this era, little silver and gold was available for coinage, and few business strikes or proofs were minted in Philadelphia, although it was pretty much business as usual in San Francisco. Back in Philadelphia, however, just 253,000 business strike half dollars were coined during the course of the year, and certainly a substantial part of this mintage was hoarded and later melted for the metal content. Consider also that most numismatists in the 19th-century preferred proofs over business strikes, and the rarity of this issue is apparent. Still today, the only relatively available high-quality examples are proofs.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1862 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 675 800 1075 1975 3550 7000 12800 25750 - - -
$ - - - - - 730 900 1150 2150 4050 8200 14750 27750 -
1862 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 2200 4150 12500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 2400 4650 13500 - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 197
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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12/2/2001 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 1512, 1512/Lot# 1217 $1,120.00
7/12/2007 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2007 Summer F.U.N. (July, West Palm Beach, FL) Signature Coin Auction #442, 442/Lot# 922 $6,325.00
1/5/2009 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 2636, 2636/Lot# 1717 $3,335.00
1/8/2009 NGC PF 64   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 319, 325/Lot# 5775 $2,990.00
5/29/2011 PCGS PF 62   Goldberg May 29 - June 1, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction of US, World Coins and Currency, 63/Lot# 827 $1,725.00
6/14/2011 NGC PF 64   Cameo Stack's Bowers The June 2011 Baltimore Auction, 92/Lot# 2737 $3,105.00
7/7/2011 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(1), 1157/Lot# 3675 $5,175.00
8/5/2014 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1208/Lot# 4473 $2,232.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11111111423620856990106612711510234237694694608991141327219627
11111111414886989001015113413501787281740775159709710500153900
0000001141488698900101511341350178728174077515970971050000
0000001282554777945104012021430206432934385562481051188600
1862 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111114566639111051113113451595245839344888632494311369020185
11111111525257459571077120214281882295042525366735910850158550
0000001152525745957107712021428188229504252536673591085000
00000013045948281004110412731511217034424570584583951227000
1862 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111111115027259901138122314501712262241645158665198691426620950
111111116857681310391166129815372015313644955655772311334164940
00000011685768131039116612981537201531364495565577231133400
00000013356509011088119413741624231836504826615387961280000
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 7359
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 5366
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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