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1864-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS #:
6312
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
658,000
Mint:
San Francisco
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 450 R-6.1 15 / 66 TIE 28 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 17 / 66 TIE 29 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 450
60 or Better 25
65 or Better 4
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.1
60 or Better R-9.0
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 15 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 17 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 13 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 28 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 29 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98505, $19,387.50

1 MS66 estimated grade

Superior 2/2002:2056, $19,550 - Heritage 3/2007:807, $74,750

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 estimated grade

Stack’s 10/2006:1213, $18,400

3 MS65 estimated grade
7 MS64 PCGS grade
8 MS63 PCGS grade PCGS #6312 (MS)     63

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7085, $3,738

8 MS63 PCGS grade
8 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98505, $19,387.50

#1 MS66 estimated grade

Superior 2/2002:2056, $19,550 - Heritage 3/2007:807, $74,750

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 estimated grade

Stack’s 10/2006:1213, $18,400

#3 MS65 estimated grade
#7 MS64 PCGS grade
PCGS #6312 (MS)     63 #8 MS63 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7085, $3,738

#8 MS63 PCGS grade
#8 MS63 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The 1864-S Half Dollar is scarce in most grades and, like other San Francisco coinage of this period, it is a condition-rarity due to the fact that most of the mintage went directly into commerce and few pieces were saved by collectors. The few Mint State pieces that appear on the market are usually in MS63. Anything better is extremely rare. The best is a single NGC MS67 -- a coin that jumped from $19,550 in 2002 to $74,750 five years later, reflecting its extreme rarity -- it has not reappeared at auction since.

Most examples we've seen are well-struck in the centers with perhaps some weakness on portions of the denticles. The luster is generally soft and satiny.