Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 253,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.77 (12/19/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1862 50C MS obverse 1862 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1862 is an underrated issue in all grades, its mintage being less than 10% of the previous year's production. As a result, this date has been hoarded and subsequently promoted because of its relatively small mintage. However, according to Wiley and Bugert this has led to a 'whiplash' effect that has led some to believe the 1862 is actually more common than traditionally believed. Generally only seen as part of the Guatemala Hoard (and cleaned as a result).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/24/2014

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1862 50C MS
Base $ 50.00 65.00 80.00 165 245 245 435 485 575 635 700 800 1025 1550 3250 6900 16000 39000 - - -
$ 260 475 540 625 675 775 880 1125 1675 4200 9200 17500 44000 -
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Total Graded: 70
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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4/15/2001 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1426, 1426/Lot# 1157 $572.25
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1252 $1,840.00
12/22/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 312, 318/Lot# 2576 $241.50
1/3/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2011 Tampa Bay Rarities Sale, 70/Lot# 720 $3,450.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 67   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7364 $21,850.00
1/8/2014 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4502 $2,820.00
7/6/2014 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131428/Lot# 24096 $217.38
11/16/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131447/Lot# 27694 $110.45

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