Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1849 Half Dollar is relatively common and is usually considered a "type" coin, though a small premium is attached to grades above Extremely Fine.  Numerous Mint State examples exist, usually in the range of MS62 to MS64.  Gems are very, very rare.

One of the more interesting varieties of this date shows a widely repunched date (FS-301, WB-102).  Traces of each of the original digits can still be seen to the left of the final placement.  The repunching is visible even on lower grade examples and it is still possible to cherrypick this variety.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
1252000
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
78
Pop Lower
121
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 700 R-5.6 38 / 66 TIE 64 / 126 TIE
All Grades 60 R-8.4 38 / 66 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 66 TIE 1 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2015:4918, $10,575.00 - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20062, not sold

1 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4355, $5,170.00 - D.L. Hansen Collection

3 MS64+ PCGS grade
5 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Bill Nagle, sold privately in 10/2006 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98487, $5,287.50