Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1848-O has the second largest mintage of any Half Dollar of the 1840's.  Nonetheless, it is just scarce enough to avoid being labelled a "type" coin, and collectors might have a hard time locating one in nice condition.  Mint State examples are definitely scarce and they don't come nice.  Most appear in either MS62 or MS63and Gems are very rare.  Obviously, this date was not saved by many collectors back in the mid to late 1800's as no Superb examples have come to light.  The strike quality can be an issue on the 1848-O Half Dollar, but there are some examples that are struck very sharply.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
3180000
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
54
Pop Lower
152
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 500 R-6.0 19 / 66 TIE 36 / 126 TIE
All Grades 35 R-8.8 21 / 66 TIE 37 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65+ PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 1/1996:134, $7,150.00 - Heritage 10/2001:6961, $4,945.00 - Heritage 7/2003:7550, $8,337.50 - American Numismatic Rarities 9/2003:311, $6,210.00 - Bowers & Merena 3/2004:1484, $6,612.50

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1946, $9,350.00 - Heritage 6/2014:30495, $25,850.00

2 MS65 PCGS grade