Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 511,400
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1865 50C MS obverse 1865 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is yet another low-mintage issue that suffered a very high attrition rate. As with most P-Mint halves of the period, examples are rare overall, yet with a disproportionately high number of Mint State survivors. Several of those coins are gems, making this otherwise rare issue available to the advanced collector. 1865(P) halves allegedly were included in the Guatemala Hoard of 1860s half dollars discovered nearly a century later, but most of the coins seen with the characteristically harsh cleaning of hoard pieces carry an S mintmark.

Eight die marriages are known for the 1865 Philadelphia Mint half dollar, and these are comprised of six each obverse and reverse dies in multiple combinations. Despite a small mintage, three different collars were employed, these having 145, 152 or 153 reeds, respectively.

One of the more popular varieties in this long coin series is the 1865 half dollar with repunched date (FS-301, WB-102). The second punching was made counterclockwise to the first, with the 1 duplicated at top and the 5 at bottom. Less well known but also collectible is WB-103, a misplaced date revealing the top of a 6 within the denticles (WB-103).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/25/2019

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1865 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 97.00 100.00 165 290 425 700 775 900 1280 1470 1600 1900 2125 3400 6800 15500 40000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4900 10000 24500 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 86
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1865 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base134-76941108-539781----86
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---------------1------1
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Total134-76941108-539881----87
 1 %3 %5 %-8 %7 %10 %5 %1 %11 %9 %-6 %3 %10 %9 %9 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
5/30/2010 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2862, 2862/Lot# 1852 $690.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1263 $380.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5152 $18,800.00
4/24/2013 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 8394 $528.75
7/18/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers IAuction 3491, 6042/Lot# 21164 $270.25
8/8/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21314 $270.25
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10371 $200.00
10/3/2016 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2016 October 3 - 5 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1240/Lot# 3807 $1,645.00
5/8/2019 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131920/Lot# 23422 $720.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base183201272395642933990117312461477160917071843200923353238492375438428126431976924125
189225313477739952105111971323152116421752189821182636380057967838983315018212210
00000010511197132315211642175218982118263638005796783898331501800
000000111212221400156516741798195422262937436166708133112381739400
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Grade: VG 8
Points: 272
Owner: 123cents
 
Grade: G 6
Points: 201
Owner: HunterHGH
 
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