The 1857 Seated Liberty half dollars have value as numismatic coins. Keep reading to learn more about these silver coins.

1857 Half Dollar

Specifications

Type: Seated Liberty Half Dollar
Year: 1857
Face Value: $0.50
Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper
Silver Weight: .3599 oz.
Total Weight: 12.44 grams
Current Silver Bullion Value: $8.05

The US minted the 1857 half dollar with no mint mark and also the 1857 O half dollar and 1857 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
1857 Philadelphia 1,988,000
1857 O New Orleans 818,000
1857 S San Francisco 158,000

Value

This coin in circulated condition is worth at least its weight in silver. The silver melt value for this coin is $8.05 as of December 02, 2022. This melt value is calculated from the current silver spot price of $22.37 per ounce.

The 1857 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 $1,100.

The 1857 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 $300. In uncirculated condition the price is around $1,350 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $3,500.

The 1857 S half dollar is worth around $150 in good condition. In very fine condition the value is around $425. In extremely fine condition the value is around $1,100. In uncirculated condition the price is around $4,500 for coins with an MS 60 grade. Uncirculated coins with a grade of MS 63 can sell for around $13,500.

A small number of proof coins with no mint mark were minted and they are each valued at around $4,500 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:

1858 Half Dollar
1856 Half Dollar
1855 Half Dollar