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1861-S 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 #:
6306
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
939,500
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - PCGS Graded
For Sale Now at Collectors Corner - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades Survival
Estimate
Numismatic
Rarity
Relative Rarity
By Type
Relative Rarity
By Series
All Grades 550 R-5.9 26 / 66 47 / 126
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 38 / 66 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 6 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 550
60 or Better 60
65 or Better 6
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.9
60 or Better R-8.4
65 or Better R-9.7
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 26 / 66
60 or Better 38 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 22 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 47 / 126
60 or Better 62 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 estimated grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7079, $3,738

7 MS64 PCGS grade
7 MS64 PCGS grade
7 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 estimated grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7079, $3,738

#7 MS64 PCGS grade
#7 MS64 PCGS grade
#7 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Of all the coins made by the San Francisco mint in 1861, the Half Dollar had the highest mintage (the only other coin that came close was the 1861-S $20 gold piece). However, this fact does not make the 1861-S Half Dollar necessarily rare. Compared with other Civil War-era Half Dollars, the 1861-S is not as scarce as the 1864-S or the 1865-S, but nowhere near as common as the 1861 or 1861-O.

Of the roughly three dozen Mint State examples certified by PCGS (as of October 2011), the most frequently-encountered grade is MS-64. Gem 1861-S Half Dollars are very rare; the finest known is a single PCGS MS-66.