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: $6.15 (10/21/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1865 50C MS obverse 1865 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The 1865 half dollar started out with a mintage of 511,400 business strikes. Relatively few pieces are extant. Some of these are 'hoard' coins, as alluded to by Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert in their Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars: 'A hoard of 15 pieces was released about 8 months prior to the 1980 ANA sale. Another hoard of approximately 20 Uncirculated coins of this date was supposedly released by a dealer just prior to the 1987 ANA.'

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1865 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 81
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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9/20/2009 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 2747, 2747/Lot# 1598 $345.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7087 $1,725.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details XF Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1263 $380.00
11/7/2011 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 November 7-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(4), 1161/Lot# 8015 $373.75
11/2/2014 PCGS VF 25   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10371 $200.00
8/12/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1223/Lot# 5027 $4,465.00
8/12/2015 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 August 12 - 16 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1223/Lot# 5026 $1,410.00
10/28/2015 NGC MS 66   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98678 $8,225.00
12/3/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 December 3 - 6 Houston Money Show US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1227/Lot# 7606 $822.50


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