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: $5.66 (7/5/2015)
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: 3/13/2015

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1862 50C PF
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1862 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 2550 4500 13000 - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 195
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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4/24/2005 NGC PF 66   Teletrade Auction 2030, 2030/Lot# 1381 $7,480.00
2/11/2008 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 221, 227/Lot# 3668 $1,259.25
1/29/2012 PCGS PF 65   Cameo Goldberg January 29 - February 1, 2012 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 67/Lot# 2502 $6,900.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4178 $2,820.00
9/25/2013 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1189/Lot# 3875 $1,645.00
2/3/2014 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(2), 1202/Lot# 3840 $3,525.00
6/27/2014 PCGS PF 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1444 $2,467.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1862 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base964996102810631097113211681206124412831322136315051776244832604431571175157921860310998
975100710401074110911441181121912571296133614101595200027193650485863127650814894010
0000001181121912571296133614101595200027193650485863127650814800
0000001193123112701309134914581686222429894041528469147786837600
1862 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1470151415601605165317001749179918501902195620102190238125853506565659866329668772899417
1485152915751621166917161766181618671920197420702254244928924223576661006448688879980
0000001766181618671920197420702254244928924223576661006448688800
0000001782183318851938199221302317251731994939587662156568708800
1862 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base159316391687173617851836188819411995205021062164235425562770373859866329668798691426620950
160816551703175218021853190619592013206921252227242126273093448761006448774811335164940
00000019061959201320692125222724212627309344876100644877481133500
00000019231977203220872145229124892699341552376215656888081280000
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Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 6448
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 6100
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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