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: $6.11 (12/5/2019)
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: 6/28/2019

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1863 50C MS
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Base $ 65.00 87.00 90.00 140 375 520 610 740 910 975 1010 1280 1500 2375 7800 21000 29000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 102
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: 12/3/2019 1863 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---3891013116-27121315-2---102
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Total---3891013116-2712131512---103
 ---3 %8 %9 %10 %1 %3 %11 %6 %-2 %7 %12 %13 %15 %1 %2 %--- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1255 $3,220.00
12/26/2006 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 119, 124/Lot# 935 $2,530.00
2/15/2010 NGC MS 65   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 863 $5,405.00
12/14/2011 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 3190, 3190/Lot# 1643 $425.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4182 $5,875.00
9/25/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8289 $282.00
11/1/2013 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7817 $282.00
9/4/2016 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131637/Lot# 24146 $258.50


NGC Registry

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