Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.14 (10/20/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1856 50C PF obverse 1856 50C PF reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Only about 25 proof 1856 half dollars survive, the rarest Seated denomination of the year. In 1977, Breen stated that about 14 of these exist, raising the total to 20 to 25 in his Complete Encyclopedia. Wiley and Bugert, Dave Bowers, and Dave Akers all reported similar populations in later years. Most of the survivors are in lower numeric grades.

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Last Updated: 8/9/2016

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1856 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 2350 2900 3750 7700 14000 23000 27500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
1856 50C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - 17000 32500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 28500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 19
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 64
High Grade: 67


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9/21/2005 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2005 September Long Beach Signature Auction #384, 384/Lot# 3266 $11,500.00
5/28/2006 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 2925 $12,075.00
3/28/2009 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2009 March Baltimore, MD Signature US Coin Auction #1126, 1126/Lot# 2099 $19,550.00
8/15/2011 NGC PF 63   Cameo Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7053 $4,887.50
10/18/2012 NGC PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4402 $11,168.38
1/9/2013 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5672 $19,975.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base4290437544854588469447934888500451155222534754475747610564596820719875927999230954278078341
4318441145194623472748244926504151505263538055475866622365796946732977271303129656546330
000000492650415150526353805547586662236579694673297727130312965600
000000496550785186530554135647598563416699707274607863180633621800
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