Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 675,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.50 (7/5/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1865 S 50C MS obverse 1865 S 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1865 San Francisco Mint half dollar is scarce in all but the lowest grades. Mint State coins are rare, while gems are all but unknown. Harshly cleaned AU examples are mostly attributable to the hoard of 1860s half dollars that was obtained from Guatemala during the 1950s, and 1865-S seems to have been the latest issue included in that stash.

The San Francisco Mint received no additional reverse dies for 1865, as there were sufficient dies on hand from previous years. Some 12 obverses were sent west, and seven of these have been identified. Paired with eight reverses, the result was a total of nine die marriages known for 1865-S. All were coined with collars having either 139 or 140 reeds.

The Small, Wide S with broken top seen on S-Mint half dollars of 1862-64 was used in only one die marriage during this year. The others featured a new style of mintmark known to numismatists as the Small, Thin S. The single variety having the old mintmark (WB-101) is quite scarce and will command some premium among specialists.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/25/2019

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1865 S 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 75.00 145 250 480 700 925 1250 1680 2175 2500 3400 4850 7200 55000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 103
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 6/30/2020 1865 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-5662112204727--238------103
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Total-5662112204727--238------103
 -5%6%6%20%12%19%4%7%2%7%--2%3%8%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1865 S 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base118325538163110051088133314501707192821972643310336944992118421220313349205763207938258
622072974647561033117013721536178120182346279633004127727511962125851575824410341390
00000011701372153617812018234627963300412772751196212585157582441000
00000012511411162118542107249429503497455995591208312967181672824500
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Grade: VF 25
Points: 631
Owner: 123cents
 
Grade: VF 30
Points: 631
Owner: Wister
 
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