Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 600
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $8.41 (9/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1869 50C PF obverse 1869 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Proof sales in 1869 mimicked those of 1868 and provide a good idea of the coin hobby's size at the time, at least for those interested in USA issues.

Over the years most proof half dollars of this and surrounding dates were cleaned one or more times, severely reducing the number of survivors that can be certified with numeric grades. Many of these coins were subsequently retoned, either by natural or induced action, and the ultimate result is a very small number of certifiable gems. Cameo examples are very rare, and this is due not only to mishandling but to poor workmanship at the Philadelphia Mint which began to affect proof coins about this time. Most U. S. Mint proofs of 1869 and through the 1880s were subject to incomplete strikes, lessened contrast between fields and devices, as well as clumsily polished dies.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 7/24/2020

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1869 50C PF
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1869 50C PF CA
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 152
Low Grade: 55
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 68

The chart showing 55 series, 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: 9/22/2020 1869 50C PF
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Base---------12481732481813-1--144
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Total---------12481732491814-1--146
 ---------1%1%3%5%12%22%34%12%10%-1%-- 
1869 50C PF CA
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Base---------------125----8
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Total---------------125----8
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1869 50C PF CA
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Base14901534158016271674172317721823187419261980203522172410261628343984565671987592825210578
1505154915961643169017391789184018911944199820962281247926893217454161707329781290270
0000001789184018911944199820962281247926893217454161707329781200
0000001806185719091962201721562346254727613601509966847461803200
1869 50C PF UC
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161416601709175818091859191219662020207621332191238325862802303242395986759280011149116793
16291676172517751826187719301984203920952152225524512658287934344821652177289164132580
0000001930198420392095215222552451265828793434482165217728916400
00000019482002205721142172231925182730295538375404705778651032800
1869 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base964996102810631097113211681206124412831322136314331683212425253639414159227808848310854
975100710401074110911441181121912571296133613861516183022582896380647356551803392730
0000001181121912571296133613861516183022582896380647356551803300
0000001193123112701309134914101600197723913268397453287179825800
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Grade: PF 67
Points: 5922
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 5656
Owner: First Strike Society
 
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