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1856 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 #:
6287
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
938,000
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major 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 800 R-5.4 44 / 66 TIE 72 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 49 / 66 TIE 79 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 5 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 800
60 or Better 100
65 or Better 5
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.4
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 44 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 49 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 22 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 72 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 79 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Rare Coin Wholesalers, sold privately in 9/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98473, $16,450

1 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4365, $5,170 - D.L. Hansen Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2007:3484, $6,325

4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS65 estimated grade
4 MS65 estimated grade
10 MS64+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2014:4493, $3,055

#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Rare Coin Wholesalers, sold privately in 9/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98473, $16,450

#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4365, $5,170 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2007:3484, $6,325

#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 estimated grade
#4 MS65 estimated grade
#10 MS64+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2014:4493, $3,055

Ron Guth:

The 1856 Half Dollar has a fairly substantial mintage of 938,000 coins, thus it is priced at only a small premium over the normal No Motto type value. Compared to other dates with much larger mintages, this date is an excellent value. Mint State examples are scrace but not rare, and they can be found in grades up to and including MS64. The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census contains nine coins that are MS65 or better, including a pair of MS66's at the top end. Don't expect a strong strike on this date, though. For some reason, most 1856 Half Dollars show weakness in the stars on the right side of the obverse. Some examples are just plain flat overall.