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: $6.33 (10/13/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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Description & Analysis

Sales of the U. S. Mint's proof coins began to rise steadily around this time, keeping in step with the general growth of coin collecting as a hobby in America. Nevertheless, no more than a couple dozen proof half dollars have survived, the exact number being uncertain. As is the case with nearly all pre-1858 USA proofs, the number coined is unknown.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1856 50C PF
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1856 50C PF Cameo
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

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

The chart showing 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1856 50C PF
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Base------------1-4542----16
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Total------------1-4542----16
 ------------6 %-25 %31 %25 %13 %---- 
1856 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------11--1---3
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Total--------------11--2---4
 --------------25 %25 %--50 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
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
1/9/2013 PCGS PF 64   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 4353 $22,325.00
4/24/2013 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2217 $5,875.00
3/27/2014 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 4026 $15,275.00
6/27/2014 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1436 $14,100.00
10/3/2016 PCGS PF 66   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1240/Lot# 3146 $24,675.00


NGC Registry

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