1847 50C MS62 Certification #13695425, PCGS #6257
The 1847 Half Dollar is a relatively common coin. Its mintage of 1,1456,000 coins is typical of the 1840's and 1850's, if not somewhat low. Mint State examples are fairly scvarce, mostly because there were few collectors at the time who cared about preserving nice specimens. The typical Mint State example today is MS-63. Gems are very rare, and the finest examples certified by PCGS (as of October 2011) is a single PCGS MS-66.