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Obverse of 1865 Half Dollar     Reverse of 1865 Half Dollar
  


1865 HALF DOLLAR

PCGS Nos: 6313, 6419

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 511,400
Proofs: 500

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. (Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "The Benson Collection" Sale - Part 1, February 18-20, 2001)

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 473, illustrated, sold for $9,200.00  From the Luther A. Breck Collection

PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6018, illustrated, sold for $8,337.50

NGC Proof-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Santa Clara" sale, November 18-20, 1999, Lot 6566

Choice Brilliant Proof.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1005, plated, sold for $1,840.00

PCGS MS-65.  Offered by North American Certified Trading in the October 22, 2001 issue of Coin World for $5,675.00

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS are 2 MS-66's.

The finest Proof examples graded by PCGS are 6 PR-66's.

The finest Proof Deep Cameo example graded by PCGS is a single PR-64.

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