Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 500
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $9.71 (9/18/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1865 50C PF obverse 1865 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Proof coin sales rose a bit in 1865. It's remotely possible that more were purchased in celebration of the war's end, but a more likely explanation is that a slightly more stable paper dollar made these transactions a bit more palatable. Gem proofs of the 1865 half dollar are more available than for 1864, but certified Cameo and Ultra Cameo examples are still very elusive.

At least two obverse dies were used for this year's production, but more detailed information awaits publication of Bill Bugert's die registry for Philadelphia Mint halves of this decade.

GRADE SUMMARY

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Last Updated: 1/24/2020

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1865 50C PF
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Base $ - - - - - - - - 650 650 880 1220 1760 2725 6800 10500 27500 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4000 - 17000 38500 -
1865 50C PF CA
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 975 1325 2350 4250 9750 30000 47000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 3050 4750 12750 40000 - -
1865 50C PF UC
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12500 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 11000 - 99000 - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 187
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series, 68 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1865 50C PF
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Base----------116154251221051--154
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---------------2------2
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Total----------116154253231051--157
 ----------1%1%4%10%27%34%15%6%3%1%-- 
1865 50C PF CA
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1-411652---29
-----------------22---4
--------------1-1-----2
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Total------------1-511774---35
 ------------3%-14%31%20%20%11%--- 
1865 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base---------------112----4
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Total---------------112----4
 ---------------25%25%50%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 50C PF CA
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Base11711209124712851325136614081450149415381583163017841949261435455702754379508373908311573
1184122212601298133913801422146515091553159916811839217129244264631676798091861099130
0000001422146515091553159916811839217129244264631676798091861000
0000001436147915231568161417331894239232354983692978148232884600
1865 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base12751314135513961438148215261571161716641712176219252099280137786034795083738812954912131
12881328136914101453149715411586163316801729181619832333312745306673809185199058104100
0000001541158616331680172918161983233331274530667380918519905800
0000001556160216481696174518712041256734525282731182328666930300
1865 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base964996102810631097113211681206124412831322136314501753243332814431661684288869961012203
9751007104010741109114411811219125712961336139215511980271636645159722085759116104740
0000001181121912571296133613921551198027163664515972208575911600
0000001193123112701309134914211652220629984048588878248722936300
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: PF 67 CA
Points: 8091
Owner: SLUGGO
 
Grade: PF 66 UC
Points: 7950
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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