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1860-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
6301
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
472,000
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 600 R-5.8 27 / 66 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 32 / 66 TIE 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
Survival Estimate
All Grades 600
60 or Better 50
65 or Better
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.8
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-10.1
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 27 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 32 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 66
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 126

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5910 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30505, $7,050

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4171, $12,925

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2014:10364, $5,287.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
9 MS63 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7073, $1,363

9 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5910 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30505, $7,050

#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4171, $12,925

#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2014:10364, $5,287.50

#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#9 MS63 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7073, $1,363

#9 MS63 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

In 1860, the U.S. Mints at Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New Orleans struck Half Dollars. The 1860-O had the largest mintage by far, and the 1860-S and 1860 Half Dollars were a distant second and third, respectively. However, they all survived at different rates, and the 1860-S Half Dollars, because they were far from collectors became much rarer than their eastern counterparts In fact, the 1860-S is the rarest and most valuable of the three, at least as far as certified examples go, and it is the scarcest date from the 1860s with the exception of the 1866-S No Motto (we don't count the unique 1866 No Motto Half Dollar).

The typical 1860-S Half Dollar is well struck. Occasionally, clashmarks can be seen in the right obverse field. The reverses come with Large and Medium-size mintmarks.