Proof Seated Liberty Half Dollars

Proof Seated Liberty Half Dollars (Buy on eBay) were struck throughout the course of the series. During the earlier years, production was extremely limited and most dates are only represented by a handful of survivors. Starting in 1858, proof production took place on a regular basis with higher mintages, ranging from a low of about 300 pieces to a high of 1,355 pieces. The Philadelphia Mint proof half dollars from 1858 to 1891 are all relatively available, although careful selection is often necessary to select premium pieces with excellent eye-appeal.

A scattered number of branch mint proofs also exist. These are extremely rare issues, typically created under mysterious circumstances or for reasons unknown. Among these issues is the 1855-S Proof Half Dollar, of which three examples are believed to exist. One example is held in the Smithsonian Collection, another has not been seen in decades, and the third most recently sold at auction for $1158,625 in 2014.

Proof Seated Liberty Half Dollar Mintages

1858 300
1859 800
1860 1,000
1861 1,000
1862 550
1863 460
1864 470
1865 500
1866 725
1867 625
1868 600
1869 600
1870 1,000
1871 960
1872 950
1873 600
1873 Arrows at Date 550
1874 700
1875 700
1876 1,150
1877 510
1878 800
1879 1,100
1880 1,355
1881 975
1882 1,100
1883 1,039
1884 875
1885 930
1886 886
1887 710
1888 832
1889 711
1890 590
1891 600