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1851-O 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6267
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
402,000
Mint:
New Orleans
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
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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 55 R-8.4 38 / 66 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 6 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 500
60 or Better 55
65 or Better 6
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.0
60 or Better R-8.4
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 38 / 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 62 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Superior 2/1999:1041 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30497, $41,125

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:5647, $16,450

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 estimated grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $12.50 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33474, $23,500

8 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7040, $3,019

8 MS64 PCGS grade
8 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Superior 2/1999:1041 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30497, $41,125

#3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:5647, $16,450

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 estimated grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $12.50 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33474, $23,500

MS64 PCGS grade #8 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7040, $3,019

#8 MS64 PCGS grade
#8 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1851-O Half Dollar is one of those dates that is not really common, but it is also not that scarce, unless one considers the Mint State versions. Compared to several of the O-mint dates in the 1840s and 1850s, the 1851-O is right on par. The overall strike characteristics of this date are above-average for a New Orleans Mint product, though the stars may show varying degrees of weakness.

At the Mint State level, most 1851-O Half Dollars fall into the MS62 to MS64 grades. At the Gem level, this date becomes very rare. The top grade for this date at PCGS is MS66.