Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 503,200
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.89 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 50C MS obverse 1863 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

With silver not circulating in most of the nation, the need for additional half dollars from the Philadelphia Mint was minimal. As a result, production was modest, and this issue is scarce across all grades. Mint State coins are more available than one might expect, and this is typical of most P-Mint halves from the war years. A disproportionate number of coins remained idle and survived long enough to become desirable to collectors. When found, such specimens typically are quite well struck from unworn or just lightly worn dies.

Nine die marriages are known to Wiley and Bugert, these consisting of nine obverse and eight reverse dies. Surprisingly, no fewer than four different collars were employed for this small mintage---144, 151, 152 or 153 reeds.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/25/2019

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1863 50C MS
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Base $ 55.00 70.00 90.00 140 375 520 610 740 825 900 1030 1280 1550 2375 7800 21000 31000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 104
Low Grade: F
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

The chart showing F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 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: 10/20/2020 1863 50C MS
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Base---3991014116-27121315-2---104
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Total---3991014116-2712131512---105
 ---3%9%9%10%1%4%10%6%-2%7%11%12%14%1%2%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base118323728840977482092510661271139315051629173021242699443168208816138122185526538
6220125432853178985597211341312143015461663186123163276522774851048116493234160
0000008559721134131214301546166318612316327652277485104811649300
00000089010191203135214681588169619932507385460248151121471917400
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Grade: AU 55
Points: 1271
Owner: vpitman
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 387
Owner: 123cents
 
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