Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1850-O Half Dollar is a common date and one which is usually priced as a "type" coin (though it carries a small premium in Mint State.  Several dozen examples are known in Uncirculated condition, filling the PCGS CoinFacts with MS64 and better examples.  Gems are exceedingly rare.

The strike on this date is often (usually) weak, a fact that is most visible on the obverse stars.  Softness on the reverse is generally more uniform and loss localized.  As with most coins, those that feature the strongest strikes should be worth a premium.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
2456000
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
74
Pop Lower
134
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 800 R-5.4 44 / 66 TIE 72 / 126 TIE
All Grades 100 R-8.0 49 / 66 TIE 79 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 15 R-9.3 35 / 66 TIE 63 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade

Heritage 11/2004:7425, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98470, $28,200

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4140, $25,850

3 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Ebay 6/30/2012, $9,600 - Heritage 7/2016:3860, $15,275

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade