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1849-O 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
6263
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
2,310,000
Mint:
New Orleans
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

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 2 R-9.9 9 / 66 TIE 12 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 35
65 or Better 2
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-8.8
65 or Better R-9.9
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 21 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 9 / 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 12 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4138, $28,200

1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/1999:6000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98489, $15,275

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7035, $3,738

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1671, not sold - Heritage 4/2016:3504, $3,500.33

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2013:4511, $6,462.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4138, $28,200

#1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/1999:6000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98489, $15,275

#3 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7035, $3,738

#3 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1671, not sold - Heritage 4/2016:3504, $3,500.33

#3 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2013:4511, $6,462.50

#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1849-O Half Dollar boasts a hefty mintage of over 2.3 million coins. However, that did not translate into a large number of Mint State examples. Either no one thought they would turn out to be rare or the collectors were too far away to obtain examples before they entered circulation. Of the Mint State examples that exist today, most are in the MS63 to MS64 range. Gems are exceedingly rare and we know of no superb examples.

Luster on the 1849-O Half Dollars goes from soft and frosty to bright and almost prooflike. Don't expect a sharp strike on this dare; invariably, most of the obverse stars will appear flat and weakly defined.