Owner's Comments


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.

30.00 millimeters
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

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