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Obverse of 1863 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1863 Half Dollar


1863 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6309, 6417

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 503,200
Proofs: 460

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 Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.

Significant examples:
NGC Proof-66 (illustrated above).  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Inc.'s "The George Mouhtouris Collection", October 1-2, 2001, Lot 1063, illustrated

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-64.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 725, illustrated, sold for $1,667.00

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6017, not illustrated, sold for $805.00

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1002, not illustrated, sold for $345.00

Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Purchased privately on Nov. 2, 1964Stack's "The Marvin Taichert Collection of U.S. Type Coins", May 9, 2001, Lot 98, illustrated, sold for $747.50  

PCGS MS-65.  Ex - Bowers and Merena Galleries' Robert W. Schwan Collection Sale, October 26-27, 2000, Lot 1316, unsold

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 451, sold for $345.00

Varieties:

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

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 2 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-66.

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