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1866-S 50C No Motto (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS AU58

PCGS AU58

PCGS #:
6315
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
60,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
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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 600 R-5.8 27 / 66 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 10 / 66 TIE 15 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 66 TIE 1 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 600
60 or Better 10
65 or Better 1
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.8
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better R-10.0
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 27 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 10 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 66 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 15 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green - Green Estate - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $40.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33477, $164,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/1993:6348 - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 10/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30508, $70,500 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2015:10110, not sold - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:39, not sold

2 MS65 PCGS grade

Superior 10/1989:3734, $41,800

4 MS64 estimated grade
5 MS63 PCGS grade
5 MS63 PCGS grade
7 MS62 PCGS grade
8 MS61 estimated grade

William G. Baldenhofer Collection - Stack's 11/1955:744 - Norweb Family Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3201 - Douglas Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:145 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7090, $12,650

9 MS60 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green - Green Estate - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $40.00 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33477, $164,500 - Bob R. Simpson Collection

#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/1993:6348 - Legend Numismatics, sold privately in 10/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30508, $70,500 - Stack's/Bowers 8/2015:10110, not sold - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/2015:39, not sold

#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Superior 10/1989:3734, $41,800

#4 MS64 estimated grade
#5 MS63 PCGS grade
#5 MS63 PCGS grade
#7 MS62 PCGS grade
#8 MS61 estimated grade

William G. Baldenhofer Collection - Stack's 11/1955:744 - Norweb Family Collection - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3201 - Douglas Noblet Collection - Bowers & Merena 1/1999:145 - Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7090, $12,650

#9 MS60 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

1866 was a transitional year for U.S. coins, with the big change being the addition of the motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" to most gold and silver coins. The authorizing legislation for this change was the Coinage Act of March 3, 1865, which ordered that the motto be placed on all gold and silver coins that "shall admit the inscription theron" (which, in layman's terms, means those coins that were large enough to accept the motto without it being too small or crowding out the design). Compliance with the Act of March 1865 meant that new dies had to be prepared at Philadelphia, not only for their internal use, but for the use of the branch mint at San Francisco. Unfortunately, new With Motto reverses were not sent to San Francisco until March 1866. In the interim period between January 1, 1866 and the arrival of the new dies, the San Francisco Mint produced a small number of 1866 Half Dollars with the old No Motto reverse (still in stock from the previous year). The result is a bit of a rarity in the series -- a date which is hard to find in any condition, and extremely difficult to locate in Mint State.

For many years, the finest 1866-S No Motto Half Dollar was the PCGS MS65, which was later upgraded to MS65+. However, in 2013, portions of the Eric P. Newman collection hit the market. Included in that collection was a stunning NGC MS67 example of this date. That coin, since crossed to PCGS MS67, now resides in the Simpson Collection and it remains the undisputed leader of the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census.