Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1849-O Half Dollar boasts a hefty mintage of over 2.3 million coins.  However, that did not translate into a large number of Mint State examples.  Either no one thought they would turn out to be rare or the collectors were too far away to obtain examples before they entered circulation.  Of the Mint State examples that exist today, most are in the MS63 to MS64 range.  Gems are exceedingly rare and we know of no superb examples.

Luster on the 1849-O Half Dollars goes from soft and frosty to bright and almost prooflike.  Don't expect a sharp strike on this dare; invariably, most of the obverse stars will appear flat and weakly defined.

PCGS #
6263
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
13.36 grams
Mintage
2310000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
56
Pop Lower
136
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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 2 R-9.9 9 / 66 TIE 12 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 500
All Grades 35
60 or Better 2
65 or Better R-6.0
All Grades R-8.8
60 or Better R-9.9
65 or Better 19 / 66 TIE
All Grades 21 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 9 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 36 / 126 TIE
All Grades 37 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 12 / 126 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4138, $28,200

1 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/1999:6000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98489, $15,275

3 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7035, $3,738

3 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1671, not sold - Heritage 4/2016:3504, $3,500.33

3 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2013:4511, $6,462.50

MS65 PCGS grade #1 MS65 PCGS grade

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4138, $28,200

MS65 PCGS grade #1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/1999:6000 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98489, $15,275

MS64 PCGS grade #3 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7035, $3,738

MS64 PCGS grade #3 MS64 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 2/2015:1671, not sold - Heritage 4/2016:3504, $3,500.33

#3 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2013:4511, $6,462.50