Proof Liberty Half Eagles

The Philadelphia Mint struck Proof Liberty Half Eagles (Buy on eBay) throughout the course of the series. The mintages and availability vary widely, with the earlier proof dates extremely elusive. In 1887, the Philadelphia Mint did not produce coins for circulation, but struck coins in proof format only.

For the initial portion of the series from 1839 to 1858, proofs were struck in scant quantities with the precise mintage figures unrecorded. In most cases, only a handful of pieces may be known to exist for each date, with numerous issues unique or currently unknown.

From 1859 to 1907, proofs were struck in typically higher numbers and exact mintage figures are available. During this era, production ranged from a low of 20 pieces for multiple years to a high of 230 pieces in 1900. These mintage figures may not represent the true distribution, as the Mint would melt unsold pieces. In all cases, the total number of proof coins available for any particular date is strictly limited and all issues are considered rare.

Proof Liberty Half Eagle Mintages

1859 80
1860 62
1861 66
1862 35
1863 30
1864 50
1865 25
1866 30
1867 50
1868 25
1869 25
1870 35
1871 30
1872 30
1873 25
1874 20
1875 20
1876 45
1877 20
1878 20
1879 30
1880 36
1881 42
1882 48
1883 61
1884 48
1885 66
1886 72
1887 87
1888 95
1889 45
1890 88
1891 53
1892 92
1893 77
1894 75
1895 81
1896 103
1897 83
1898 75
1899 99
1900 230
1901 140
1902 162
1903 154
1904 136
1905 108
1906 85
1907 92