1863 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS #:
6309
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
503,200
Mint:
Philadelphia
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Die Varieties

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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 900 R-5.2 48 / 66 TIE 78 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 57 / 66 TIE 89 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 R-9.2 39 / 66 TIE 71 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 900
60 or Better 120
65 or Better 18
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.2
60 or Better R-7.8
65 or Better R-9.2
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 48 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 57 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 39 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 78 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 89 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 71 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5913 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30506, $22,325 - Heritage 1/2015:3138, $24,675 - “Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4289 (as PCGS MS66), $23,500 (this was the single finest PCGS-certified example at the time)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade
6 MS65+ PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
7 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5913 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30506, $22,325 - Heritage 1/2015:3138, $24,675 - “Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4289 (as PCGS MS66), $23,500 (this was the single finest PCGS-certified example at the time)

#2 MS66+ PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS66 PCGS grade
#6 MS65+ PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
#7 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

If one looks at any 1863 denomination other than Cents, it appears that the Philadelphia Mint was on vacation that year. In virtually every case, the production of any given denomination was greater in San Francisco than in Philadelphia. Clearly, the attention at Philadephia was on striking Indian Cents, which they produced to a new record number of nearly 50 million coins. At the same time, Half Dollar production at Philadelphia in 1863 was just over half that of San Francisco. Even so, the 1863 is only slightly more scarce than the 1863-S. Fewer 1863's exist in Mint State, but they tend to be nicer in overall quality and grade, presumably because they were transported shorter distances and saved by more collectors. In rare instances, the 1863 Half Dollar can be found in superb condition; the same cannot be said of the 1863-S. The strike quality of the 1863 Half Dollar is generally strong, but the increased pressures required to achieve full strikes sometimes led to die cracks.