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: $5.66 (10/13/2015)
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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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).

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1862 50C MS
Base $ 50.00 65.00 80.00 165 245 435 485 575 635 800 1025 1550 3250 6900 16000 39000 - - -
$ - - 540 615 675 - 1125 1675 4200 9200 17500 44000 -

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Total Graded: 71
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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4/11/1997 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 Indianapolis Bullet Sale #170, 170/Lot# 284 $1,155.00
6/23/2004 NGC MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1900, 1900/Lot# 1594 $1,760.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1252 $1,840.00
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
2/2/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 8394 $345.00
7/12/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8589 $322.00
9/8/2013 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 768, 777/Lot# 7115 $120.00
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
1/19/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131404/Lot# 26602 $329.00

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