Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 460
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.18 (11/30/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 50C PF obverse 1863 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Proof sales remained modest throughout the Civil War years. Depreciation of the federal paper currency made the ordering of proofs a challenging process in which one had to either pay in gold or silver coin at the established price or in paper at some higher price. The current value of paper versus hard coin varied constantly, reaching its lowest point in the summer of 1864, when the price in notes was almost double that as paid in coin.

Only 460 silver proof sets (which included the minor coins) were produced in 1863. These were delivered in three batches: March 5 (100), March 8 (160) and May 26 (200). It's likely that all or nearly all of these were placed with collectors or dealers. Gems are elusive, but the overall high quality of proofs from this period has provided a number of certified Cameo pieces. One qualifying as Ultra Cameo, however, are exceedingly rare.

Walter Breen listed three die marriages, but these were based solely on the distinctive obverse dies. It appears that neither he nor M. L. Beistle before him studied the reverse closely enough to determine whether more than one die was used. This information awaits Bill Bugert's upcoming volumes on the Philadelphia Mint halves of 1853 and later.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 8/31/2016

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1863 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 650 675 875 1150 2050 3350 6600 13500 25000 - 106250 -
$ - - - - - - - - - 3750 - 16000 - -
1863 50C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - 1300 2550 4750 10750 22500 27000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 11500 - - -
1863 50C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 45000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 125
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

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, 68 series, 69 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 11/24/2020 1863 50C PF
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Base--------1-1-102032241433---108
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Total--------1-1-102034261443-1-114
 --------1%-1%-9%18%30%23%12%4%3%-1%- 
1863 50C PF CA
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Base-------------1532311--16
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Total-------------1632311--17
 -------------6%35%18%12%18%6%6%-- 
1863 50C PF UC
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Base-----------------1----1
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Total-----------------1----1
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1863 50C PF CA
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Base11571194123112701310135013911434147615211566161217651928258533865212707774657869854710932
11691206124412831323136414051448149115361581166318192147285239955834720676008095934211479
0000001405144814911536158116631819214728523995583472067600809500
0000001420146215061551159717141874236631194603645573367734832100
1863 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base478448904997510652165329544355595677579659186041644568687311777582608768922396951048513246
481949265033514352545367548255985717583759596176658670167466793784298920938099581140513908
0000005482559857175837595961766586701674667937842989209380995800
00000055205638575658776000631067277163762080988599907195381022200
1863 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base94898010131045107911151151118712251264130313631477177623683194443160077543117681242715545
95999110241056109111271163120012381277132314011577197326433606495665198951119881346616322
00000011631200123812771323140115771973264336064956651989511198800
000000117512121251129013431439167621712919401954827031103601220700
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Grade: PF 68 CA
Points: 7869
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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