Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 253,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.44g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.32 (10/23/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1862 50C MS
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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Total Graded: 74
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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4/11/1997 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 Indianapolis Bullet Sale #170, 170/Lot# 284 $1,155.00
7/25/2001 NGC XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1464, 1464/Lot# 1298 $152.60
11/4/2004 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 November Palm Beach, FL Signature Sale #358, 358/Lot# 7436 $3,335.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1252 $1,840.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7080 $1,063.75
2/2/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 8395 $431.25
9/8/2013 PCGS F 12   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 768, 777/Lot# 7115 $120.00
6/1/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131423/Lot# 24260 $317.25

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