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1859-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 #:
6297
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
2,834,000
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 1,600 R-4.7 59 / 66 TIE 105 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 49 / 66 TIE 79 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 32 / 66 TIE 55 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 1,600
60 or Better 100
65 or Better 12
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-4.7
60 or Better R-8.0
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 59 / 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 105 / 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

Heritage 7/2003:7591 - Heritage 7/2003:7591, $32,200 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1191, $33,350

2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6297 (MS) 66+

Thomas S. Chalkley Collection - Superior 1/1990:3593 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:688, $66,125 - Perfection 8A Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
	MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2012:5121, $19,550 - Heritage 7/2012:3720, $19,550

4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
10 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2003:7591 - Heritage 7/2003:7591, $32,200 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1191, $33,350

 
	PCGS #6297 (MS) 66+ 
#2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Thomas S. Chalkley Collection - Superior 1/1990:3593 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:688, $66,125 - Perfection 8A Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
 
	MS66 PCGS grade 
#4 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2012:5121, $19,550 - Heritage 7/2012:3720, $19,550

#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#10 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1859, the New Orleans Mint bore the brunt of Half Dollar production, producing more of that denomination than either the Philadelpjia or San Francisco Mints - by far. Unfortunately, despite the larger mintage and the greater population of certified coins, the quality of the surviving examples is not as good as the coins produced at the other two Mints. The majority of certified Mint State 1859-O Half Dollars only rate MS62 to MS63. There are some higher quality examples, but they are quite scarce. The best example is the bright, blast white PCGS MS67 that has not re-appeared on the market since it last sold in 2006. Most of the 1859-O Half Dollars that we've seen appear to be well-struck, though the occasional coin will show weakness on the stars.