The 1856 Seated Liberty half dollars have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1856 Half Dollar

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Half Dollar
Year: 1856
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .3599 oz.
Total Weight: 12.44 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $8.07

The US minted the 1856 half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1856 O half dollar and 1856 S half dollar. The mint mark, when present, can be found on the reverse side of the coin below the eagle.

Series Location Quantity Minted
1856 Philadelphia 938,000
1856 O New Orleans 2,658,000
1856 S San Francisco 211,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $8.07 as of December 02, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $22.44 per ounce.

The 1856 half dollar with no mint mark is worth around $50 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $175. In extremely fine condition the value is around $250. In uncirculated condition the price is around $600 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $1,200.

The 1856 O half dollar is worth around $50 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $175. In extremely fine condition the value is around $250. In uncirculated condition the price is around $550 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $1,100.

The 1856 S half dollar is worth around $95 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $450. In extremely fine condition the value is around $1,100. In uncirculated condition the price is around $5,000 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $13,000.

A small number of proof coins with no mint mark were minted and they are each valued at around $6,500 in PR 63 condition.

Grading System

Good- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is not readable. The letters and the date are readable.

Very fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is mostly sharp.

Extremely fine- The word "LIBERTY" on the shield is completely sharp. The edges on the scroll are distinct.

MS 60 uncirculated- There are no signs of wear. The coin has luster, but there may be a few stains, abrasions, or surface marks.

MS 63 choice uncirculated- In the major focal areas there are some blemishes or contact marks. The coin's luster might not be as prominent.

PR 63 proof- This coin has reflective surfaces and only a few blemishes away from the major focal points. There are no major flaws.

 

Sources:

The Red Book


See also:

1857 Half Dollar
1855 Half Dollar
1854 Half Dollar