Owner's Comments

OGH PL

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1856 Half Dollar has a fairly substantial mintage of 938,000 coins, thus it is priced at only a small premium over the normal No Motto type value.  Compared to other dates with much larger mintages, this date is an excellent value.  Mint State examples are scrace but not rare, and they can be found in grades up to and including MS64.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census contains nine coins that are MS65 or better, including a pair of MS66's at the top end.  Don't expect a strong strike on this date, though.  For some reason, most 1856 Half Dollars show weakness in the stars on the right side of the obverse.  Some examples are just plain flat overall.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
938000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
56
Pop Lower
165
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 5 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

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

Rare Coin Wholesalers, sold privately in 9/2011 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98473, $16,450

1 MS66 PCGS grade
3 MS65+ PCGS grade MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4365, $5,170 - D.L. Hansen Collection

4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 2/2007:3484, $6,325

4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade