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1859 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6296
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
747,200
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
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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 1,200 R-4.9 53 / 66 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 49 / 66 TIE 79 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 10 R-9.5 32 / 66 TIE 55 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,200
60 or Better 100
65 or Better 10
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.9
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 53 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 49 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 32 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 90 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 79 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 55 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98476, $18,213 - Heritage 4/2016:4664, $21,150

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3240, $19,550 - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:6305, $8,625

2 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade

Benson Collection, Part III - Goldbergs 2/2003:554, $7,130 - Good River Collection, Part II - Superior 8/2006:230, $8,724

10 MS65 estimated grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98476, $18,213 - Heritage 4/2016:4664, $21,150

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3240, $19,550 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:6305, $8,625

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade

Benson Collection, Part III - Goldbergs 2/2003:554, $7,130 - Good River Collection, Part II - Superior 8/2006:230, $8,724

#10 MS65 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

Of the three 1859 Half Dollars (1859, 1859-O, and 1859-S), the 1859 is right in the middle of the pack in terms of both mintage and the number of certified examples that exist today. The 1859 is not as plentiful as the 1858, nor even the 1858-O, but it is available in most grades up to (and including) MS66.