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1852 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
6268
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
13.36 grams
Mintage:
77,130
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 700 R-5.6 38 / 66 TIE 64 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 80 R-8.2 44 / 66 TIE 71 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 6 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 700
60 or Better 80
65 or Better 6
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.6
60 or Better R-8.2
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 38 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 44 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 22 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 64 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 71 / 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 estimated grade
1 MS66 estimated grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2011:3970 - Heritage 6/2016:4535, $8,812.50 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2016:358, $10,868.75

4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 estimated grade
4 MS65 estimated grade
10 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 estimated grade
#1 MS66 estimated grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2011:3970 - Heritage 6/2016:4535, $8,812.50 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2016:358, $10,868.75

#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 estimated grade
#4 MS65 estimated grade
#10 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Apart from the exceedingly rare 1853-O No Arrows Half Dollar, the 1852 has the lowest mintage of any Half Dollar from the 1850's. And, it's not even close. The next rarest date is the 1855-S, then the 1852-O, then the 1857-S. . Combined, the 1852 and the 1852-O Half Dollars represent excellent values in the series because they are a fraction of the values of the 1852-O and the 1857-S when they reach the Mint State level. Thankfully, a small number of Uncirculated 1852 Half Dollars were set aside by collectors, something that is not true of the other three dates. Even so, the 1852 is by no means common in Mint State -- it is still a very scarce coin.

In looking at the images of 1852 Half Dollars certified by PCGS, it seems clear that a fully struck example may not exist. They all seem to have weakness on the eighth star, and some show weakness on most of the stars on the upper and right sides.