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1856-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
6289
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
211,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die 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 450 R-6.1 15 / 66 TIE 28 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 8 / 66 TIE 11 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
Survival Estimate
All Grades 450
60 or Better 6
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.1
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 15 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 8 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 66
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 28 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 11 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 126

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1969, $14,300 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:145, not sold

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 3/2002 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98475, $12,925 (plate-matched) - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20064, not sold

3 MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 estimated grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
5 MS62 estimated grade

Richmond Collection, Part III - David Lawrence 3/2005:1708 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7056, $10,925

5 MS62 estimated grade
8 MS60 PCGS grade

Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:121, $5,290

9 AU58 PCGS grade
9 AU58 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1969, $14,300 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:145, not sold

#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 3/2002 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98475, $12,925 (plate-matched) - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20064, not sold

#3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 estimated grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade
#5 MS62 estimated grade

Richmond Collection, Part III - David Lawrence 3/2005:1708 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7056, $10,925

#5 MS62 estimated grade
#8 MS60 PCGS grade

Douglas L. Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:121, $5,290

#9 AU58 PCGS grade
#9 AU58 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1856-S Half Dollar is inherently scarce because of its low mintage, but it is even more rare because collectors saved precious few examples back in the year of issue. A quick look at the PCGS Population Report indicates just how few Mint State 1856-S Half Dollars have survived. Most grade in the low to middle range, with only one or two examples better than MS63. The strike quality on this date is generally strong. At least one of the PCGS MS64 examples shows some streaking of the planchet caused by improper mixing of the metal alloy, but this appears to be rare (since this was only the second year of production at the San Francisco Mint, perhaps some minor glitches can be forgiven).