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1872-S 50C AU50

CERTIFICATION#: 05280489
PCGS #: 6335

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Based on the mintage alone, the 1872-S Half Dollar looks to be a common coin.  That is essentially true in circulated grades, but in Mint State, this date becomes a real condition-rarity.  Very few Mint State examples exist and most are of average quality (MS62 to MS64).  As with many of the coins from the western Mints in the 1870's, there simply weren't enough collectors who cared or they probably did not have access to the coins outside of plucking them from circulation.  As a result, prices for the 1872-S Half Dollar are quite strong in Mint State and the prices rise astronomically above MS64.  The strike on this date is usually good, though we recommend keeping an eye on those 7th and 8th stars.

Diameter

30.00 millimeters
Designer

Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge

Reeded
Mintage

580000
Weight

12.40 grams
Metal Content

90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country

The United States of America
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 14 / 45 TIE 36 / 126 TIE
All Grades 30 R-8.9 9 / 45 TIE 32 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 2 / 45 12 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade MS66+ PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena's 4/1997:2021, $13,200 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack’s 10/2006:1243 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30515, $29,375 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:40, not sold - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 2/2016:131, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 4/2016:13082, not sold - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Lyman H. Low 7/1903:1020, $3.25 (per Saul Teichman) - J. M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:2020, $8,250 - Bowers & Merena 11/2001:4144, $10,925 - Malibu Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:2052, $20,700

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Ray Levoi Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade