1858-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62

PCGS MS62

PCGS #:
6295
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
476,000
Mint:
San Francisco
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 650 R-5.7 37 / 66 61 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 25 / 66 TIE 42 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 650
60 or Better 40
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.7
60 or Better R-8.7
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 37 / 66
60 or Better 25 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 13 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 61 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 42 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Numismatic Gallery 8/1953:631 - Norweb Collection, Part III - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3181, $12,100 - Heritage 1/2007:983, $34,500 - Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 8/2010 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98499, $32,900 - Heritage 4/2017:4055, $32,900 - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade
4 MS64+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2019:335, not sold

5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Numismatic Gallery 8/1953:631 - Norweb Collection, Part III - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3181, $12,100 - Heritage 1/2007:983, $34,500 - Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 8/2010 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98499, $32,900 - Heritage 4/2017:4055, $32,900 - D.L. Hansen Collection

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

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2019:335, not sold

#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In it's fifth year of production, the San Francisco Mint issued 376,000 Half Dollars...a reasonably large mintage for the period, and certainly one that would not be considered rare based on the number of coins struck. However, few nice ones were saved by collectors, making the 1858-S Half Dollar a true condition-rarity. The PCGS CoinFacts Board of Experts thought that as many as 43 examples might have survived in Mint State, but their estimate was made circa 2008 and may be a bit optimistic today. Of the Mint State examples examined by PCGS, virtually all are in the grade range from MS62 to MS64. Gems are exceedingly rare and we know of only one at the MS66 level (that being the remarkable PCGS MS66 from the Norweb and Gene Gardner collections.