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: $5.80 (12/21/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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.'

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


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Last Updated: 11/24/2014

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1865 50C MS
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Base $ 50.00 70.00 110 210 365 365 525 580 775 900 1000 1150 1350 1800 3350 8950 21000 35000 - - -
$ 400 565 630 875 1000 1100 1250 1450 1950 4900 10000 24500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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


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1/11/1997 PCGS MS 60   Heritage Auctions 1997 F.U.N. Signature Sale #165, 165/Lot# 6175 $373.75
8/2/1997 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 ANA Signature Sale #175, 175/Lot# 6368 $1,552.50
5/28/2008 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 697 $21,850.00
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2862, 2862/Lot# 1852 $690.00
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 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2178 $3,172.50
8/8/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21313 $352.50
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10371 $200.00


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