Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 511,400
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.27 (8/29/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1865 50C MS obverse 1865 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1865 half dollar started out with a mintage of 511,400 business strikes. Relatively few pieces are extant. Some of these are 'hoard' coins, as alluded to by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert in their Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars: 'A hoard of 15 pieces was released about 8 months prior to the 1980 ANA sale. Another hoard of approximately 20 Uncirculated coins of this date was supposedly released by a dealer just prior to the 1987 ANA.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/12/2015

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1865 50C MS
Base $ 50.00 70.00 110 210 365 525 580 775 900 1150 1350 1800 3500 8950 26000 35000 - - -
$ 400 565 630 875 1000 1250 1450 1950 4900 10000 - - -

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Total Graded: 76
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2862, 2862/Lot# 1852 $690.00
9/22/2010 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2010 September Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1144, 1144/Lot# 9623 $575.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1263 $380.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 66   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4188 $22,325.00
7/6/2014 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131428/Lot# 24098 $505.25
7/18/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21164 $270.25
8/8/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21314 $270.25
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10371 $200.00
7/19/2015 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131530/Lot# 27730 $223.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 50C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3238
Owner: Darthvadeur
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