Coins Certified as of 11/28

My Coin #-31874

1856-O H10C MS63

PCGS#: 4364

Owner's Comments

PCGS grade. Ex. New Netherlands Sale (1944) Sold by David Akers Numismatics Oct '97 Price realized $1045

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: The 1856-O boasts a fairly substantial mintage of 1.1 million pieces but, because the New Orleans Mint was so far from collectors, the number of Mint State examples is less than expected.  In fact, the 1856-O Half Dime is valued about the same as the 1855-O With Arrows, which has a lower mintage and is more in-demand as a type coin.  Gem examples of this date are extremely rare and the best examples reported are a pair of PCGS MS66s.

Don't expect much out of the strike on 1856-O Half Dimes.  The denticles are almost always weak, and the stars and wreath often lack detail, as well.

Diameter: 15.90 millimeters Designer: Robert Ball Hughes/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 1,100,000 Weight: 1.24 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 350 R-6.3 16 / 36 TIE 32 / 79 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 13 / 36 18 / 79 TIE
65 or Better 6 R-9.7 7 / 36 TIE 12 / 79 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade