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: $8.89 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 50C PF obverse 1857 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

This was the final year before the U. S. Mint began to publish the availability of proof coins and bring their sales into some kind of order. Interest was growing steadily at the time, and greater numbers of this issue have survived than for previous years, pointing at a higher mintage. Before the advent of the internet and online auction archives, the rarity of 1857 proof half dollars was overstated, and it's likely that two to three dozen examples are known today.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/31/2016

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1857 50C PF
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1857 50C PF CA
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Disclaimer: The prices listed in the various NGC Price and Value Guides are compiled from a number of independent, third party sources in the numismatic community which NGC believes to be reliable. Prices provided are averages, not specific prices for individual coins. Further, because these prices are only updated from time to time, they do not reflect short term pricing trends, which are quite common and are often quite dramatic, given the volatile nature of the collectible coin marketplace. This is especially true for rare coins, where there are fewer sales and greater variations in sale prices. For all of these reasons, the prices in these guides are designed to serve merely as one of many measures and factors that coin buyers and sellers can use in determining coin values. These prices are not intended, and should not be relied upon, to replace the due diligence and — when appropriate — expert consultation that coin buyers and sellers should undertake when entering into a coin transaction. As such, NGC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information contained in the NGC Guides. By using the NGC Guides, the user agrees that neither NGC nor any of its affiliates, shareholders, officers, employees or agents shall have any liability for any loss or damage of any kind, including without limitation any loss arising from reliance on the information contained in the Guides.

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1857 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------131211411---33
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Total------------131211411---33
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1857 50C PF CA
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Base---------------2--1---3
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Total---------------2--1---3
 ---------------67%--33%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 50C PF CA
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Base18781928198120372094215022082268233523912455251926483317376151378817916010157106631151014463
1894194519992056211221692228229023532412247625622871346542196363893194921032510945124940
000000222822902353241224762562287134654219636389319492103251094500
000000224823122372243324972605309436134678759090459824104941122700
1857 50C PF UC
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1857 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1781183018861936198920482102215822192278233524012585317236014935851588499821103161114214027
179718481902195320082066212021782238229723572462278033154045612886269173998610591121030
00000021202178223822972357246227803315404561288626917399861059100
000000213921982258231623792523297634584490732187379497101511086600
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