Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 916,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.44g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.09 (7/23/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1863 S 50C MS obverse 1863 S 50C MS reverse


  
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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: 9/16/2015

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1863 S 50C MS
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Base $ 38.00 55.00 70.00 105 225 290 365 510 610 725 875 1300 2600 5100 16500 28500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 126
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
1/10/1998 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 1998 F.U.N. Signature Sale #181, 181/Lot# 6909 $7,590.00
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1256 $1,207.50
5/3/2010 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The May 2010 Online Auction, 54/Lot# 286 $51.75
3/17/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 March Sacramento Signature ANA US Coin Auction Session(4), 1153/Lot# 8171 $345.00
3/11/2013 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3421, 3421/Lot# 1894 $160.00
6/1/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/01/2014, 198/Lot# 198164 $154.00
10/12/2014 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131442/Lot# 25228 $164.50
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 30   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10368 $190.00
7/26/2015 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3534, 6113/Lot# 20277 $282.00


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