1926-S 50C Oregon (Regular Strike)

Series: Silver Commemoratives

PCGS MS68+

PCGS MS68+

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PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS MS68

PCGS #:
9341
Designer:
James Earle Fraser and Laura Gardin Fraser
Edge:
Reeded
Diameter:
30.60 millimeters
Weight:
12.50 grams
Mintage:
83,055
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 52,500 R-2.4 118 / 144 TIE 118 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 43,000 R-2.5 121 / 144 TIE 121 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 15,250 R-2.8 127 / 144 TIE 127 / 144 TIE
Survival Estimate
All Grades 52,500
60 or Better 43,000
65 or Better 15,250
Numismatic Rarity
All Grades R-2.4
60 or Better R-2.5
65 or Better R-2.8
Relative Rarity By Type All Specs in this Type
All Grades 118 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 121 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 127 / 144 TIE
Relative Rarity By Series All Specs in this Series
All Grades 118 / 144 TIE
60 or Better 121 / 144 TIE
65 or Better 127 / 144 TIE

Condition Census What Is This?

Pos Grade Image Pedigree and History
1 MS68+ PCGS grade

Louis Bassano Collection - Heritage 7/2009:1458, $27,600 - Heritage 4/2010:1139, $21,850

2 MS68 PCGS grade  
	MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2016:4857, $8,225

2 MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2002:9333, $8,625 - JFS Collection - Heritage 8/2004:4289, $6,612.50 - Richard Jewell Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2006:1902, $12,650 - Heritage 9/2006:2779, not sold - “Subway Tokens” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:4541, $11,162.50

2 MS68 PCGS grade

Schultz Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS68 PCGS grade  
	MS67+ PCGS grade

Bruce Scher Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5977, not sold - Heritage 1/2015:6477, $14,100

2 MS68 PCGS grade
8 MS67+ PCGS grade
8 MS67+ PCGS grade
8 MS67+ PCGS grade
#1 MS68+ PCGS grade

Louis Bassano Collection - Heritage 7/2009:1458, $27,600 - Heritage 4/2010:1139, $21,850

 
	MS68 PCGS grade 
#2 MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2016:4857, $8,225

#2 MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2002:9333, $8,625 - JFS Collection - Heritage 8/2004:4289, $6,612.50 - Richard Jewell Collection - American Numismatic Rarities 3/2006:1902, $12,650 - Heritage 9/2006:2779, not sold - “Subway Tokens” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

#2 MS68 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2015:4541, $11,162.50

#2 MS68 PCGS grade

Schultz Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

 
	MS67+ PCGS grade 
#2 MS68 PCGS grade

Bruce Scher Collection - Heritage 1/2013:5977, not sold - Heritage 1/2015:6477, $14,100

#2 MS68 PCGS grade
#8 MS67+ PCGS grade
#8 MS67+ PCGS grade
#8 MS67+ PCGS grade
David Hall:

The 1926 Philadelphia was the first Oregon struck. After they were sold, the San Francisco Mint struck 100,055 Oregons and they too were offered at $1.00 per coin. However, the public had a limited appetite for the Oregon Trail comemoratives and the 1926-S Oregons were still available well into 1927. The Oregon Trail Memorial Commission requested that 1927 Oregons be struck, but the Treasury Department declined to do so until all of the 1926-S issues were delivered and paid for. In 1928, the Treasury Department did strike 50,028 Oregon Trails, but the Treasury Department mandated that the 1928 Oregons should not be released until all the 1926-S Oregons were sold. It wasn't until 1933 that this problem was "solved" when the remaining unsold 17,000 1926-S Oregons were melted by the Mint. And so goes the sorted story of the minting of the Oregon Trail commemoratives.

Today, collectors recognize that the coins are beautiful and highly collectible regardless of the circumstances of their minting. The 1926-S is the highest mintage Oregon Trail and it is the commonest by overall rarity. But, while not rare in Superb MS66 or better condition, it is not the most readily available Oregon in the loftiest of grades. The typical specimen usually has good frosty white luster. Marks are usually not a problem with any of the Oregon issues. For the 1926-S, virtually exclusively for the Oregons, strike can sometimes be a problem.