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1857-O 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS AU53

PCGS AU53

PCGS #:
6291
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
818,000
Mint:
New Orleans
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 600 R-5.8 27 / 66 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 19 / 66 TIE 32 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
Survival Estimate
All Grades 600
60 or Better 30
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.8
60 or Better R-8.9
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 27 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 19 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 66
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 32 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 126

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS65 estimated grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 estimated grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 estimated grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

The 1857-O Half Dollar has a relatively hefty mintage, yet it remains very scarce to rare in any Mint State grade. Collectos simply did not pay attention to this date "back in the day." PCGS has certified several MS64 example, but none finer. NGC reports a single MS66 example (from the Richmond Collection), but that one last appeared on the market in 2006 and has not reappeared since.

The strike on 1857-O Half Dollars ranges from very flat to reasonably strong. When possible, collectors should seek out examples with sharp details and clean surfaces.