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: $6.90 (9/30/2016)
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: 8/3/2016

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1863 S 50C MS
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Base $ 40.00 60.00 85.00 110 270 335 455 560 785 825 950 1175 2750 5050 14500 27500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 127
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/10/2008 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 10-13, 2008 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 44/Lot# 2184 $1,380.00
3/27/2011 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3037, 3037/Lot# 1706 $546.25
1/3/2012 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2012 January 4-8 US Coins & Platinum Night FUN Signature Auction- Orlando Session(10), 1166/Lot# 11224 $517.50
11/15/2013 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34569 $305.50
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
6/23/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30507 $9,106.25
10/10/2014 PCGS AU 50   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15231 $223.25
3/6/2016 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131611/Lot# 25311 $376.00


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