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1856-O 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6288
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
2,658,000
Mint:
New Orleans
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 2,000 R-4.6 61 / 66 TIE 107 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 180 R-7.2 60 / 66 TIE 96 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 32 / 66 TIE 55 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 2,000
60 or Better 180
65 or Better 12
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.6
60 or Better R-7.2
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 61 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 60 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 32 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 107 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 96 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 55 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 estimated grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

In 1856, employees at the New Orleans Mint cranked out over 2.6 million Half Dollars representing a total value of $1.329 miilion. Though most of those entered circulation, a large number were preserved by collectors in high grades. Today, dozens of 1856-O Half Dollars exist in a range of grades from MS62 to MS65, and smaller quantities are available in MS65 to MS66. Mid-range Mint State examples are quite affordable but, not unexpectedly, the 1856-O Half Dollar becomes an expensive condition-rarity in MS66.

The typical 1856-O Half Dollar shows weakness in some of the stars, the denticles on both sides, and perhaps in some of the reverse legends. Accordingly, coins with full strikes should command a nice premium.