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1850 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS #:
6264
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
227,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

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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 600 R-5.8 27 / 66 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 32 / 66 TIE 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 600
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.8
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 27 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 32 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 13 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

William M. Friesner Collection - Edouard Frossard 6/1894 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1949, $46,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98469, $117,500 - “Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5904, $23,000 - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:2005, $30,187.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
	MS64 PCGS grade

“TMae” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade

Virginia Cabinet Collection - Heritage 4/2015:4477, $5,640 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2017:190, $6,756.25

3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

William M. Friesner Collection - Edouard Frossard 6/1894 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1949, $46,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98469, $117,500 - “Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5904, $23,000 - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:2005, $30,187.50

 
	MS64 PCGS grade 
#3 MS64 PCGS grade

“TMae” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#3 MS64 PCGS grade
#3 MS64 PCGS grade

Virginia Cabinet Collection - Heritage 4/2015:4477, $5,640 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2017:190, $6,756.25

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

Usually, the mintage for a coin struck at the Philadelphia Mint is larger than that of similar-dated coins struck at the subsidiary, or branch, Mints. However, that is not always the case because sometimes the Philadelphia Mint is distracted by other projects. Such was the case in 1850. With large amounts of gold coming in from California, the Philadelphia Mint focused on producing the new $20 gold piece, the new-ish Gold Dollar, and the Quarter Eagle. In that environment, Mint employees at Philadelphia struck only 227,000 Half Dollars -- a record low for that denomination since 1815.

As might be expected, the 1850 Half Dollar is scarce in all grades, rare in Mint State, and extremely rare above MS64. The strike quality of this date is inconsistent. We've seen everything from fully struck examples, those that have weak stars or weak talons and feathers on the reverse, and everything in-between. MS63 to MS64 seem to be the typical grades for this date.