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1868-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS67

PCGS MS67

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS #:
6324
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
1,160,000
Mint:
San Francisco
Metal:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Major Varieties

Current Auctions - PCGS Graded
Current Auctions - NGC 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 16 / 45 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 9 / 45 TIE 32 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 600
60 or Better 30
65 or Better 4
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.8
60 or Better R-8.9
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 16 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 9 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 45 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 32 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:5667, $32,900

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4376, $9,400 - Heritage 1/2018:3724, $12,000

5 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7097, $3,163

5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade
5 MS64 estimated grade
10 MS63 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:5667, $32,900

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4376, $9,400 - Heritage 1/2018:3724, $12,000

#5 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7097, $3,163

#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 PCGS grade
#5 MS64 estimated grade
#10 MS63 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

Half Dollar mintages were rarely over one million coins in the 1860's. Most of the larger mintages were from the San Francisco Mint, with the exception of the 1860-O and 1861-O Half Dollars. The mintage for the 1868-S Half Dollar came in at 1,160,000 coins -- just under the mintage of the 1867-S. Both dates are considered semi-scarce, primarily because it was difficult for collectors on the East coast to acquire coins from the San Francisco Mint. By the time the coins made it across the continent, they were well-worn and tired out. As a result, the 1868-S Half Dollar commands premiums in most grades, but especially in Mint State, where they are particularly rare. Most Mint State 1868-S Half Dollars are mid-range, but there are some notable examples, including a single, stunning PCGS MS67