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1866-S 50C Motto (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS64

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
6320
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
994,000
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 10 / 45 TIE 28 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 13 / 45 42 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 450
60 or Better 40
65 or Better 3
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-6.1
60 or Better R-8.7
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 10 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 45
65 or Better 3 / 45 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 28 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 42 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7092, $4,025

4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade
12 MS65 estimated grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7092, $4,025

#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#4 MS64 PCGS grade
#12 MS65 estimated grade
Ron Guth:

The 1866-S Half Dollar has a hefty mintage of nearly a million coins, but because of the remote location of the San Francisco Mint, the survival rate of high-grade examples is smaller than coins from the Philadelphia Mint with similar mintages. For example, the 1866 With Motto Half Dollar has a smaller mintage than the 1866-S With Motto, yet the number of certified examples of the former is fifty percent higher than the latter. This explains why Mint State 1866-S With Motto Half Dollars command a substantial premium over the 1866 With Motto.

This date comes with a tiny mintmark. Most examples are well struck in the centers, but often show weakness in the stars on either side of Liberty's head.