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.

30.00 millimeters
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 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