Owner's Comments

Ex-Eliasberg, with Bowers and Merena auction flip from April, 1997.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1857-O Half Dollar has a relatively hefty mintage, yet it remains very scarce to rare in any Mint State grade.  Collectos simply did not pay attention to this date "back in the day."  PCGS has certified several MS64 example, but none finer.  NGC reports a single MS66 example (from the Richmond Collection), but that one last appeared on the market in 2006 and has not reappeared since.  

The strike on 1857-O Half Dollars ranges from very flat to reasonably strong.  When possible, collectors should seek out examples with sharp details and clean surfaces.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
818000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
26
Pop Lower
135
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 600 R-5.8 27 / 66 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
All Grades 30 R-8.9 19 / 66 TIE 32 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS65 estimated grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade