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: $6.35 (10/20/2019)
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: 6/14/2019

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1857 50C PF
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1857 50C PF Cameo
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: 61
Average Grade: 63
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 1857 50C PF
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Base------------131212411---34
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Total------------131212411---34
 ------------3 %9 %35 %35 %12 %3 %3 %--- 
1857 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------2--1---3
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Total---------------2--1---3
 ---------------67 %--33 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/6/2007 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 2377, 2377/Lot# 1294 $4,144.00
1/7/2009 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2009 January Orlando, FL FUN Auction #1121, 1121/Lot# 2888 $4,312.50
1/9/2013 NGC PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5764 $29,375.00
8/8/2013 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(5), 1188/Lot# 5643 $18,800.00
1/26/2014 NGC PF 67   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1152 $38,775.00
3/30/2014 PCGS PF 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/30/2014, 184/Lot# 164810 $3,851.10
6/27/2014 PCGS PF 62   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1437 $3,290.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 50C PF Cameo
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Base18781928198120372094215022082268233523912455251926483317376151378817916010157106631151014463
1894194519992056211221692228229023532412247625622871346542196363893194921032510945124940
000000222822902353241224762562287134654219636389319492103251094500
000000224823122372243324972605309436134678759090459824104941122700
1857 50C PF Ultra Cameo
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Base1111111111111111111111
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1857 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1781183018861936198920482102215822192278233524012585317236014935851588499821103161114214027
179718481902195320082066212021782238229723572462278033154045612886269173998610591121030
00000021202178223822972357246227803315404561288626917399861059100
000000213921982258231623792523297634584490732187379497101511086600
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