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1851 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
6266
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
200,750
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 40 R-8.7 25 / 66 TIE 42 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 40
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-8.7
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 25 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 13 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 36 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 42 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Barney Bluestone 2/1946:809 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1541 - Eugene Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30496, $49,937.50 - Heritage 2/2015:3111, not sold

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7039, $8,912.50 - Goldbergs 1/2015:1400, $15,862.50

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade

American Numismatic Rarities 12/2003:732, not sold

5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Barney Bluestone 2/1946:809 - John Jay Pittman Collection - David Akers 5/1998:1541 - Eugene Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30496, $49,937.50 - Heritage 2/2015:3111, not sold

#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7039, $8,912.50 - Goldbergs 1/2015:1400, $15,862.50

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 estimated grade

American Numismatic Rarities 12/2003:732, not sold

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

The 1851 Half Dollar is a wonderful, small-mintage date that is difficult to find in every grade from Good to Gem. Apparently, several distractions in 1851 affected production of silver pieces above a Dime. One such distraction was the introduction of the new Three-Cent piece. Another was the extreme ramp-up in the production of the One Dollar gold piece -- the mintage of that denomionation jumped from 481,953 coins in 1850 to a record 3.3+ million in 1851. Quarter Eagles poured out to the tune of nearly 1.4 million coins (the largest mintage in that denomination's history). The same was true of the $20 gold piece, whose mintage nearly doubled from that of the previous year. Fortunately, some astute collectors gathered up and protected a small selection of 1851 Half Dollars, one of which is an amazing, toned PCGS MS67 that is a unique Top Pop. Full struck examples of this date are quite scarce and we've yet to see one that shows the crispness of strike that we normally expect of a Philadelphia Mint product.