Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 300
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.11 (12/5/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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Description & Analysis

In 1858 the U. S. Mint began publicizing the availability of proof coins for purchase, though, remarkably, it still did not charge a premium over face value. This would not come until 1860. What we have come to call "proof" coins did not acquire that name until about this time, the phrase perhaps originating with Mint Director James R. Snowden, who advocated their sale. Prior to that time Mint correspondence always describes these pieces as "master" coins.

The number of proof half dollars coined went unrecorded, but a reconstructed estimate of 300 pieces is in line with the number of survivors, allowing for certain attrition over the years. The year 1858 was thus the traditional starting point for collectors seeking to assemble date sets of proofs, and early coin albums for proof coins began with this date.

Walter Breen identified two obverse dies used for this issue.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1858 50C PF
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1858 50C PF CA
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 53
Low Grade: 60
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1858 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-----------3-91587331--49
-----------------1----1
---------------11-----2
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Total-----------3-91598431--52
 -----------6 %-17 %29 %17 %15 %8 %6 %2 %-- 
1858 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------2-11----4
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Total--------------2-11----4
 --------------50 %-25 %25 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
3/17/2010 PCGS PF 64   Teletrade Auction 2826, 2826/Lot# 1329 $3,910.00
7/27/2013 PCGS   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2170 $4,406.25
1/26/2014 NGC PF 64   Goldberg January 26-28, 2014 January Pre-Long Beach Sale 17.5% BP, 78/Lot# 1154 $3,525.00
7/11/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 6129 $1,086.88
8/10/2016 PCGS PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(3), 1238/Lot# 4765 $3,055.00
4/26/2017 NGC PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2017 April 26 - 30 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(1), 1254/Lot# 3322 $1,410.00
2/22/2018 PCGS PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2018 February 22 - 26 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1272/Lot# 3911 $5,280.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1858 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1906195920132069212521832242230223642426249025552770299732383952556358886227658171769280
1924197720322088214422032262232323852447251226272846307734764489567160016345677978770
0000002262232323852447251226272846307734764489567160016345677900
0000002282234324052469253326982921315837145026578061146463697800
1858 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base205321092167222622852347240924722537260326702739296432033457420558886227743197651328318400
207221282187224623062368243024942559262526932814304432883706476660016628820910938149890
00000024302494255926252693281430443288370647666001662882091093800
00000024512515258126482716288931233372395653276114703089871211000
1858 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12491289132813691411145314971542158816341682173018652106258537304719701487689223998512650
12621302134213831425146815121557160316501698177519452266296740605484759989209477108730
0000001512155716031650169817751945226629674060548475998920947700
0000001527157316191666171418202026242533484389624981839071973100
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Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 5888
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 63
Points: 2585
Owner: webtrader
 
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