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1871-S 50C (Regular Strike)

Series: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS #:
6332
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Weight:
12.40 grams
Mintage:
2,178,000
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 800 R-5.4 23 / 45 TIE 72 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 14 / 45 TIE 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 800
60 or Better 50
65 or Better 4
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-5.4
60 or Better R-8.5
65 or Better R-9.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 23 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 14 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 3 / 45 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 72 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 51 / 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
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS64+ PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
6 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS64+ PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
#6 MS64 PCGS grade
Ron Guth:

The1871-S Half Dollar had the largest mintage of any S-Mint Half Dollar up to that date and the largest mintage of any Half Dollar since 1861. Nonetheless, it is generally priced at a small premium over the regular "type" coins, including those of the 1880's with smaller mintages. It is relatively scarce in Mint State, with the average grading hovering in the MS62 to MS64 range. Gems are very rare.

The strike quality on the 1871-S Half Dollar is usually quite good. Luster, as seen on the few Mint State examples we've encountered, is frosty.