Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1843 Half Dollar is a common coin with the largest mintage of the series since the series began in 1839 (in fact, the mintage would not be exceeded until 1854).  Circulated examples are plentiful and even Mint State coins can be found with ease.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at MS60 and goes to MS65. However, the finest example is the monster NGC MS67* from the Eric Newman and Eugene Gardner collections.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
3844000
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
69
Pop Lower
421
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1400 R-4.8 57 / 66 TIE 99 / 126 TIE
All Grades 90 R-8.1 47 / 66 TIE 77 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 2 R-9.9 9 / 66 TIE 12 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ estimated grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & Burdette G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $6 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33468, $44,062.50 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98479, $38,187.50 - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 10/1/2015:38, not sold

2 MS65 PCGS grade  PCGS #6243 (MS)     65

Heritage 8/2011:7162, $16,100

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade