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1866 50C Motto (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
6319
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
744,900
Mint:
Philadelphia
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 650 R-5.7 19 / 45 TIE 61 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 20 / 45 TIE 71 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 15 / 45 TIE 55 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 650
60 or Better 75
65 or Better 12
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.7
60 or Better R-8.2
65 or Better R-9.5
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 19 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 20 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 15 / 45 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 61 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 71 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 55 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 PCGS grade
1 MS67 estimated grade
4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:3262, $4,935 - Heritage 6/2016:4540, $6,168.75 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:2092, not sold

5 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4946, $5,170 - Heritage 4/2015:4498, $6,756.25

5 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS66 estimated grade

Heritage 10/2012:4380, $41,125 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30509, $28,200

8 MS65 PCGS grade
8 MS65 PCGS grade
8 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 estimated grade
#4 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 10/2015:3262, $4,935 - Heritage 6/2016:4540, $6,168.75 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2016:2092, not sold

#5 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4946, $5,170 - Heritage 4/2015:4498, $6,756.25

#5 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS66 estimated grade

Heritage 10/2012:4380, $41,125 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30509, $28,200

#8 MS65 PCGS grade
#8 MS65 PCGS grade
#8 MS65 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" made its first appearance on a United States coin in 1864, when it was added to the Two Cents denomination. In 1866, the motto finally made it onto the Half Dollar, at which time it was seen on all denominations except the Indian Cent, Three-Cent Nickel, Three-Cent Silver, Half Dime and Dime.

The mintage for this year is typical of the period -- somewhere between half a million and a million pieces. As such, collectors will have no time finding nice examples of this date. The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census extends all the way up to MS67, though such examples are very pricey because of their exteme rarity in that grade.