Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 253,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.19 (9/25/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1862 50C MS obverse 1862 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1862 is an underrated issue in all grades, its mintage being less than 10% of the previous year's production. As a result, this date has been hoarded and subsequently promoted because of its relatively small mintage. However, according to Wiley and Bugert this has led to a 'whiplash' effect that has led some to believe the 1862 is actually more common than traditionally believed. Generally only seen as part of the Guatemala Hoard (and cleaned as a result).

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1862 50C MS
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Base $ 55.00 75.00 90.00 175 350 465 550 635 750 850 965 1100 1575 3550 6900 15000 37500 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 77
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
4/15/2001 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 1426, 1426/Lot# 1157 $572.25
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1252 $1,840.00
12/22/2008 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 312, 318/Lot# 2576 $241.50
7/12/2012 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8591 $632.50
7/26/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20276 $258.50
7/31/2016 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131632/Lot# 23819 $235.00
11/13/2016 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131647/Lot# 27449 $176.25


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