Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 916,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.24 (5/30/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1863 S 50C MS obverse 1863 S 50C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

Although P-mint silver issues were widely hoarded and/or melted during the turmoil of the Civil War, S-mint deliveries continued to circulate heavily in California throughout the 1860s. The 1863-S was one of those half dollar issues that saw heavy use despite its modest original delivery of 916,000 pieces. All Mint State survivors of this delivery must be considered quite scarce.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1863 S 50C MS
Base $ 40.00 60.00 85.00 110 270 335 455 560 785 825 950 1175 2750 5050 14500 27500 - - - -
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Total Graded: 128
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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1/12/2004 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Bullet Sale #337, 337/Lot# 31222 $178.25
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1256 $1,207.50
7/20/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3105, 3105/Lot# 1373 $322.00
2/28/2012 PCGS MS 62   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3319 $1,006.25
4/29/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131219/Lot# 24292 $99.00
2/23/2014 PCGS MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 792, 801/Lot# 548 $1,700.00
6/1/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 198164 $154.00
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32092 $470.00
3/6/2016 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131611/Lot# 25311 $376.00
4/17/2016 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131617/Lot# 27607 $258.50

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