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1857 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6290, 6411

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 1,988,000
Proofs: estimated 75

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

Recent appearances:
NGC Proof-66.  Ex - Superior Galleries "Pre-Long Beach" Elite Coin Auction, May 25-27, 2003, Lot 2580, sold for $6,037.50

NGC Proof-63.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 471, illustrated, sold for $3,910.00

PCGS Proof-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 8396, illustrated, sold for $2,587.50  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

PCGS Proof-61.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6015, not illustrated, sold for $2,185.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated examples graded by PCGS are 6 MS-65's.


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

The finest Cameo Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-63's.

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