Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 658,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.27 (9/26/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1864 S 50C MS obverse 1864 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The San Francisco Mint's output of half dollars continued to decline this year, and 1864-S is a scarce coin across all grades. Mint State pieces are genuinely rare, though a small number of gems have survived. There may have been more, if the Guatemala Hoard coins that surfaced in the 1950s had been properly conserved. Instead, they were severely scrubbed and have an unnatural look, while retaining sharp details.

The Philadlephia Mint's engraving department shipped 11 obverse and five reverse dies to California. Typical of the period, few of these were used. The obverses were destroyed at the end of the calendar year, while the reverses were held over for subsequent years. The adoption of the motto IN GOD WE TRUST rendered all surviving reverses obsolete in 1866. Wiley and Bugert have identified five die marriages representing the use of four each obverse and reverse dies. One old reverse die that probably dated to the 1850s was employed for the Large S variety (WB-101), and this was the final use of the Type 1 hub. The others feature the Small, Wide S first seen in 1862. One die has this letter in perfect condition, but the other two show a flawed S that is partially broken at its top.

All 1864-S half dollars were coined with a 141-reed collar.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/25/2019

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1864 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 73.00 135 160 260 475 650 755 950 1150 1330 1800 2575 4650 6800 15750 25000 85000 - - -
$ - - - - 1180 - - - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 95
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 67

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/22/2020 1864 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base17118171082-21412441-21---95
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Total17118171082-21412441-21---95
 1%7%12%8%18%11%8%2%-2%15%1%2%4%4%1%-2%1%--- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1864 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base118327247769596610441303142115581753192820682754344743616248748713048208613361740008
622133405507859921130134214671623181119752297298537524990666193411565225113357470
000000113013421467162318111975229729853752499066619341156522511300
0000001217138215121688187020212525321640565619707411194182572936500
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Grade: F 12
Points: 477
Owner: 123cents
 
Grade: G 6
Points: 183
Owner: Nathan Hyche
 
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