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Obverse of 1856 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1856 Half Dollar
 


1856 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6287, 6410

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 
Proofs: 

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, modified by Christian Gobrecht and Robert Ball Hughes, executed by James Barton Longacre; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: 192 grains (12.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8385, illustrated, sold for $3,795.00

Recent appearances:
NGC MS-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Santa Clara" sale, November 18-20, 1999, Lot 6557

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-65.

The finest Cameo Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-63.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service