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1859-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6298
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
566,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC 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 150 R-7.5 6 / 66 7 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 32 / 66 TIE 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 6 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 150
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 6
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-7.5
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 6 / 66
60 or Better 32 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 22 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 7 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68 PCGS grade

John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904 - J. M. Clapp Collection - John M. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1980 - Goldbergs 2/2002:1015, $52,900 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2012:3145, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 6/2014:1438, $82,250

1 MS68 PCGS grade

Harlan P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1906:708, $2.80 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1981, $52,800 - Stellar Collection - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 6/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98478, $47,000

3 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2016:4903, $7,637.50

5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2016:4538, $5,405 - Heritage 7/2017:3104, $4,825.73 - D.L. Hansen Collection

5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2016:3514, $8,900.63

5 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS68 PCGS grade

John G. Mills Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 4/1904 - J. M. Clapp Collection - John M. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1980 - Goldbergs 2/2002:1015, $52,900 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2012:3145, not sold - Stack's/Bowers 6/2014:1438, $82,250

#1 MS68 PCGS grade

Harlan P. Smith Collection - S.H. & H. Chapman 5/1906:708, $2.80 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1981, $52,800 - Stellar Collection - Joseph O'Connor, sold privately in 6/2003 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98478, $47,000

#3 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade

D.L. Hansen Collection

#5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2016:4903, $7,637.50

#5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2016:4538, $5,405 - Heritage 7/2017:3104, $4,825.73 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#5 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2016:3514, $8,900.63

#5 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1859-S had the lowest mintage of any Half Dollar produced at any of the U.S. Mints (New Orleans produced the most Half Dollars, followed by Philadelphia, then San Francisco). Even so, the mintage was substantial enough to make the 1859-S Half Dollar reasonably common today, but because most of the coins were dumped into circulation on the West Coast -- where they were sorely needed -- far fewer were saved by collectors in nice condition. The most frequently-seen Mint State grade is MS64 and Gems are very rare. However, there are two standouts, both of which were once owned by Louis Eliasberg, and both of which were subsequently graded MS68 by PCGS.