As of May, 2024, a 1859 Half Dollar in circulated condition is worth between $650.00 and $900.00, while an uncirculated specimen can be valued between $1,000.00 and $20,000.00, depending on its grade and strike quality.

Looking back at auction records, the highest price was achieved by a Mint State grade that was hammered at $14,950.00 in the 03/22/2012 by renowned auctioneer Stack's Bowers, showcasing the allure of top-tier rarities.

Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge: Reeded
Diameter: 30.00 millimeters
Weight: 12.40 grams
Mintage: 800
Mint: Philadelphia
Metal: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

1859 Half Dollar (Proof) – Price Chart

If you are aware of your coin’s grade, refer to the following chart to determine its value:


If you are unsure of the grade, you can assess it based on the coin’s condition. More detailed information here.

GradeLowest Price($)Highest Price($)Average Price($)
Mint State1,000.0020,000.005,553.85
About Uncirculated650.00900.00745.83

Please note that the estimated values are derived from the latest data in the PCGS Price Guide and are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. We strongly recommend reviewing actual auction records, which can be filtered by grade. For further insights, refer to our analysis report, which is based on these data.

Also, there are multiple versions of the 1859 Liberty Seated Half Dollar. We recommend checking the values of these coins as well to ensure a comprehensive assessment.

Coin NameMin Circulated Price($)Max Circulated Price($)Min Uncirculated Price($)Max Uncirculated Price($)
1859 Half Dollar (Regular Strike)45.00800.00850.0035,000.00
1859-O Half Dollar (Regular Strike)45.00900.001,000.0050,000.00
1859-S Half Dollar (Regular Strike)50.002,100.002,250.0085,000.00
1859 Half Dollar, DCAM (Proof)N/AN/A21,500.0021,500.00
1859 Half Dollar, CAM (Proof)N/AN/A1,250.0040,000.00

Coins listed have various mint marks and designations indicating where they were minted and if they are special strikes. To learn more about what the different mint marks and designations mean, please refer to our Mint Mark Chart and Coin Designation Reference Chart.

1859 Half Dollar (Proof) – Auction Chart & Report

This tool is very user-friendly. Simply select the coin grade, and our system will provide detailed information including:

  • Lowest Sale Price
  • Highest Sale Price
  • Average Sale Price
  • Most Recent Sale Price
  • Number of Sales
  • Sales Volume

You can also select different time periods for your query: 1 month, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, or All time, with the default set to All time.

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Grade Impact Analysis

GradeLowest Price($)Highest Price($)Average Price($)

The chart shows the min and max prices for the 1859 Half Dollar (Proof) coin across various grades from PO-1 to MS-67. The prices generally increase as the grade improves, with MS-67 having the highest max price $14,950.00.

Within each grade, there is also variability in prices, likely due to factors like specific coin characteristics or market conditions at time of sale. Overall, the chart illustrates how coin grade is a key driver of value for this particular 1859 Half Dollar (Proof).

Auction House Comparison

The pie chart breaks down the market share of various auction houses for selling the 1859 Half Dollar (Proof) coin. Heritage Auctions dominates with 58.40% share, followed by Stack's Bowers / David Lawrence RC with 10.40% / 5.60% appearances respectively..

Price Trend Over Time

The graph presents a detailed analysis of the average annual auction sale price and frequency for the 1859 Half Dollar (Proof) coin over the years. This visual representation traces the coin's value fluctuations, illustrating periods of increase, decrease, or stability in its average auction price.

Such a historical view is indispensable for collectors, investors, or researchers who are keen on comprehending the market dynamics and the coin's value trend over an extended period.

Raw Auction Records

Here are the lasted auction records from the auction history of the past years. You can filter these records by coin grade.

GradeGrade SourceSellerPrice($)Sold Date
MS-65PCGSStack's Bowers4,680.0008/24/2023
MS-64NGCHeritage Auctions2,760.0008/20/2023
MS-64+PCGSHeritage Auctions3,840.0007/23/2023
AU-50NGCHeritage Auctions480.0003/01/2023
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions3,840.0001/15/2023
MS-64NGCHeritage Auctions2,520.0012/18/2022
MS-63NGCDavid Lawrence RC1,600.0011/20/2022
MS-65PCGSLegend Rare Coin Auctions4,112.5010/20/2022
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions3,240.0005/08/2022
MS-62PCGSStack's Bowers1,680.0004/13/2022
MS-63PCGSDavid Lawrence RC1,875.0002/27/2022
MS-65PCGSLegend Rare Coin Auctions4,112.5012/16/2021
MS-62PCGSHeritage Auctions1,440.0012/15/2021
MS-65NGCLegend Rare Coin Auctions3,760.0009/02/2021
MS-64PCGSLegend Rare Coin Auctions3,760.0004/21/2021
MS-64+PCGSHeritage Auctions2,640.0001/24/2021
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions1,560.0010/18/2020
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions1,440.0009/20/2020
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions2,280.0008/09/2020
MS-63NGCHeritage Auctions1,080.0002/23/2020
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions1,125.6001/12/2020
MS-63NGCStack's Bowers2,880.0011/20/2019
MS-63PCGSStack's Bowers1,800.0011/20/2019
MS-60PCGSHeritage Auctions504.0005/01/2019
MS-64NGCHeritage Auctions2,280.0004/28/2019
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions4,080.0009/09/2018
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions2,280.0008/19/2018
MS-63PCGSStack's Bowers1,920.0011/08/2017
MS-62NGCStack's Bowers1,320.0011/08/2017
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions3,525.0007/06/2017
MS-63PCGSStack's Bowers2,350.0006/21/2017
MS-62PCGSHeritage Auctions1,145.6304/11/2017
MS-64+PCGSHeritage Auctions3,055.0001/04/2017
MS-64+PCGSHeritage Auctions2,937.5009/07/2016
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions1,292.5008/10/2016
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions2,350.0006/22/2016
MS-62PCGSStack's Bowers1,410.0003/30/2016
MS-63PCGSDavid Lawrence RC1,775.0003/13/2016
MS-65PCGSHeritage Auctions3,760.0003/03/2016
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions3,290.0001/06/2016
MS-67NGCHeritage Auctions12,925.0010/28/2015
MS-66PCGSHeritage Auctions6,756.2509/20/2015
MS-65PCGSHeritage Auctions4,004.4009/20/2015
MS-64NGCHeritage Auctions4,700.0008/16/2015
MS-65PCGSGoldberg Auctioneers6,756.2506/01/2015
MS-65NGCHeritage Auctions4,465.0004/26/2015
MS-67PCGSHeritage Auctions11,162.5004/26/2015
MS-66NGCHeritage Auctions7,050.0001/07/2015
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions4,406.2511/06/2014
MS-67PCGSHeritage Auctions12,925.0010/27/2014
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions4,406.2509/04/2014
MS-65NGCHeritage Auctions4,700.0004/23/2014
MS-64PCGSStack's Bowers3,818.7503/27/2014
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions1,528.0011/01/2013
MS-65NGCHeritage Auctions4,876.0010/28/2013
PO-1PCGSStack's Bowers3,525.0007/27/2013
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions1,410.0007/11/2013
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions1,410.0004/24/2013
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions4,406.0004/24/2013
MS-63NGCHeritage Auctions1,410.0003/21/2013
MS-64PCGSMorton & Eden Ltd3,935.8203/06/2013
MS-66NGCHeritage Auctions10,281.0001/09/2013
MS-63NGCHeritage Auctions1,364.0011/29/2012
MS-63NGCDavid Lawrence RC1,725.0011/04/2012
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions3,173.0010/18/2012
PO-1PCGSStack's Bowers3,450.0008/04/2012
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions4,255.0004/18/2012
MS-67NGCStack's Bowers14,950.0003/22/2012
MS-64PCGSStack's Bowers3,738.0011/15/2011
MS-65PCGSHeritage Auctions5,750.0008/11/2011
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions3,220.0010/27/2010
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions3,738.0009/22/2010
PO-1NGCBowers & Merena4,140.0006/17/2010
MS-62NGCHeritage Auctions1,265.0004/28/2010
MS-61NGCHeritage Auctions978.0007/31/2009
MS-63ANACSSuperior Galleries1,150.0011/01/2008
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions2,070.0001/09/2008
MS-61PCGSDavid Lawrence RC748.0006/25/2007
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions1,840.0002/01/2007
MS-65NGCSuperior Galleries6,038.0011/16/2006
MS-62PCGSAmerican Numismatic Rarities920.0009/21/2006
MS-65NGCHeritage Auctions4,600.0006/01/2006
MS-62NGCHeritage Auctions1,955.0001/24/2006
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions1,955.0009/01/2005
MS-63NGCDavid Lawrence RC1,357.0008/22/2005
MS-60PCGSHeritage Auctions575.0006/15/2005
MS-64NGCDavid Lawrence RC1,783.0003/06/2005
MS-66NGCHeritage Auctions11,500.0008/18/2004
MS-64NGCAmerican Numismatic Rarities1,610.0012/01/2003
MS-63PCGSAmerican Numismatic Rarities1,150.0012/01/2003
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions978.0009/01/2003
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions2,415.0002/01/2003
MS-67NGCHeritage Auctions14,950.0001/08/2003
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions834.0006/01/2002
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions1,495.0004/24/2002
MS-62PCGSHeritage Auctions1,265.0002/01/2002
MS-65NGCSuperior Galleries4,140.0001/09/2002
MS-63PCGSHeritage Auctions891.0011/15/2001
AU-50ANACSHeritage Auctions288.0010/06/2001
MS-63ICGHeritage Auctions850.0004/26/2001
MS-62PCGSSuperior Galleries604.0010/01/2000
MS-61PCGSSuperior Galleries518.0010/01/2000
MS-62PCGSSuperior Galleries1,438.0010/01/2000
MS-64PCGSHeritage Auctions1,668.0008/06/2000
MS-64NGCHeritage Auctions1,955.0005/04/2000
MS-64NGCHeritage Auctions2,070.0001/08/2000
MS-60NONEHeritage Auctions690.0001/08/2000
MS-63NGCBowers & Merena3,450.0001/04/2000
MS-65PCGSKingswood Galleries10,120.0008/01/1999
MS-65PCGSHeritage Auctions5,060.0001/09/1998
MS-64NGCHeritage Auctions2,300.0007/30/1997
MS-63NONEBowers & Merena2,860.0004/01/1997
MS-64NGCBowers & Merena5,775.0006/24/1996
MS-64NONEBowers & Merena4,840.0011/01/1988
MS-64NONEB. Max Mehl5.2506/01/1941
MS-65NONENumismatic Gallery25.0004/01/1941