Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1851-O Half Dollar is one of those dates that is not really common, but it is also not that scarce, unless one considers the Mint State versions.  Compared to several of the O-mint dates in the 1840s and 1850s, the 1851-O is right on par.  The overall strike characteristics of this date are above-average for a New Orleans Mint product, though the stars may show varying degrees of weakness.

At the Mint State level, most 1851-O Half Dollars fall into the MS62 to MS64 grades.  At the Gem level, this date becomes very rare.  The top grade for this date at PCGS is MS66.

PCGS #
6267
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
13.36 grams
Mintage
402000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
21
Pop Lower
107
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 55 R-8.4 38 / 66 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 500
All Grades 55
60 or Better 6
65 or Better R-6.0
All Grades R-8.4
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better 19 / 66 TIE
All Grades 38 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 22 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 36 / 126 TIE
All Grades 62 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Superior 2/1999:1041 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30497, $41,125

3 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:5647, $16,450

3 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Superior 2/1999:1041 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30497, $41,125

MS65 PCGS grade #3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:5647, $16,450

MS65 PCGS grade #3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade