Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 916,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.71 (10/10/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 S 50C MS obverse 1863 S 50C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Although P-mint silver issues were widely hoarded and/or melted during the turmoil of the Civil War, S-mint deliveries continued to circulate heavily in California throughout the 1860s. The 1863-S was one of those half dollar issues that saw heavy use despite its modest original delivery of 916,000 pieces. All Mint State survivors of this delivery must be considered quite scarce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1863 S 50C MS
Base $ 38.00 55.00 70.00 105 225 290 365 510 610 875 1300 2600 5100 16500 28500 - - - -
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Total Graded: 117
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66

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2/24/2003 NGC MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 556 $6,038.00
1/12/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Teletrade Auction 2995, 2995/Lot# 1300 $195.50
3/21/2013 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 March 21 -22 & 24 US Coin Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1183/Lot# 3520 $1,292.50
6/9/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 113108 $160.71
6/9/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131325/Lot# 23205 $211.50
8/30/2013 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The September 2013 Philadelphia Auction, 195/Lot# 4509 $499.38
2/9/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131407/Lot# 22645 $193.88
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10368 $190.00

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