Owner's Comments

No-Drapery Die State, PQ 53/55?

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1856-S Half Dollar is inherently scarce because of its low mintage, but it is even more rare because collectors saved precious few examples back in the year of issue.  A quick look at the PCGS Population Report indicates just how few Mint State 1856-S Half Dollars have survived.  Most grade in the low to middle range, with only one or two examples better than MS63.  The strike quality on this date is generally strong.  At least one of the PCGS MS64 examples shows some streaking of the planchet caused by improper mixing of the metal alloy, but this appears to be rare (since this was only the second year of production at the San Francisco Mint, perhaps some minor glitches can be forgiven).

PCGS #
6289
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.40 grams
Mintage
211000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
28
Pop Lower
98
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 450 R-6.1 15 / 66 TIE 28 / 126 TIE
All Grades 6 R-9.7 8 / 66 TIE 11 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
65 or Better 450
All Grades 6
60 or Better 0
65 or Better R-6.1
All Grades R-9.7
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better 15 / 66 TIE
All Grades 8 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 66
65 or Better 28 / 126 TIE
All Grades 11 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 126

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1969, $14,300 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:145, not sold

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 3/2002 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98475, $12,925 (plate-matched) - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20064, not sold

3 MS63 PCGS grade MS63 PCGS grade
3 MS63 estimated grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade
MS64 PCGS grade #1 MS64 PCGS grade

Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1969, $14,300 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:145, not sold

#1 MS64 PCGS grade

Jason Carter, sold privately in 3/2002 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98475, $12,925 (plate-matched) - Stack's/Bowers 11/2015:20064, not sold

MS63 PCGS grade #3 MS63 PCGS grade
#3 MS63 estimated grade
#5 MS62 PCGS grade