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1848-O 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
6261
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
3,180,000
Mint:
New Orleans
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
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Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 500 R-6.0 19 / 66 TIE 36 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 35 R-8.8 21 / 66 TIE 37 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 35
65 or Better 5
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-8.8
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 21 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 22 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 36 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 37 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 1/1996:134, $7,150.00 - Heritage 10/2001:6961, $4,945.00 - Heritage 7/2003:7550, $8,337.50 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2003:311, $6,210.00 - Bowers & Merena 3/2004:1484, $6,612.50

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1946, $9,350.00 - Heritage 6/2014:30495, $25,850.00

2 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7032, $4,887.50 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4136, $4,406.25 - Heritage 1/2017:4352, $4,465.00 - D.L. Hansen Collection

5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 estimated grade
#1 MS65+ PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 1/1996:134, $7,150.00 - Heritage 10/2001:6961, $4,945.00 - Heritage 7/2003:7550, $8,337.50 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2003:311, $6,210.00 - Bowers & Merena 3/2004:1484, $6,612.50

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1946, $9,350.00 - Heritage 6/2014:30495, $25,850.00

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7032, $4,887.50 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4136, $4,406.25 - Heritage 1/2017:4352, $4,465.00 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

The 1848-O has the second largest mintage of any Half Dollar of the 1840's. Nonetheless, it is just scarce enough to avoid being labelled a "type" coin, and collectors might have a hard time locating one in nice condition. Mint State examples are definitely scarce and they don't come nice. Most appear in either MS62 or MS63and Gems are very rare. Obviously, this date was not saved by many collectors back in the mid to late 1800's as no Superb examples have come to light. The strike quality can be an issue on the 1848-O Half Dollar, but there are some examples that are struck very sharply.