Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 800
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.41 (9/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 50C PF obverse 1859 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

The mintage figure of 800 pieces is merely an estimate, and the actual number of pieces sold was almost certainly lower. Even so, the proof 1859 half dollar is more available than the previous year's issue.

Walter Breen identified three obverse dies for this date and indicated that both the old and new reverse hubs were used for creating proof dies. In fact, most, if not all 1859 proofs display the old reverse hub of 1842-58.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/15/2019

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1859 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - 780 975 1380 2125 3750 6600 11000 21000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4450 - 14500 - -
1859 50C PF Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1550 2550 4500 11750 17500 31500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - - 24500 - -
1859 50C PF Ultra Cameo
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 19500 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 142
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/17/2019 1859 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------1-1562034282033---121
------------------2---2
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Total--------1-1562034282035---123
 --------1 %-1 %4 %5 %16 %28 %23 %16 %2 %4 %--- 
1859 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1133811---18
----------------11----2
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-----------------1----1
Total------------1133931---21
 ------------5 %5 %14 %14 %43 %14 %5 %--- 
1859 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------------3-----3
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Total----------------3-----3
 ----------------100 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/2/2003 PCGS PF 61   Teletrade Auction 1800, 1800/Lot# 1213 $605.00
8/22/2005 NGC PF 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #50, 55/Lot# 456 $1,357.00
1/30/2011 PCGS PF 62   Cameo Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1456 $1,150.00
9/13/2011 NGC PF 65   Cameo Stack's Bowers The September 2011 Philadelphia Americana Sale, 113/Lot# 2914 $7,590.00
2/28/2012 NGC PF 67   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 4012 $14,950.00
1/29/2015 PCGS PF 63   Cameo Heritage Auctions 2015 January 29 - February 1 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1217/Lot# 3869 $1,645.00
4/22/2015 NGC PF 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4516 $4,465.00
8/10/2016 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(3), 1238/Lot# 4766 $1,292.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1527157216191665171417631814186519171971202620822266246326713902565659866329668772899417
1542158816341681173017801831188219351989204521432332253230814487576661006448688879980
0000001831188219351989204521432332253230814487576661006448688800
0000001848190019532008206322052397260234925071587662156568708800
1859 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base36083693378038693959405141444239433544334533463449665315568360686473683772167610827110601
3636372238103899399040824176427143684466456747455082543858116203659469637347783090480
0000004176427143684466456747455082543858116203659469637347783000
0000004207430344004500460048555199556059406338671670907479805100
1859 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base10081042107611111146118312211260129913381380142115311799236834674499624880588485920211716
10191053108811231158119612341273131213521394145816201989273438115082685182008724100400
0000001234127313121352139414581620198927343811508268518200872400
0000001247128613251366140714941710217831014155566574558343896300
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Grade: PF 65 UC
Points: 6473
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 5986
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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