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
Pop Higher
37
Pop Lower
89
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
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