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.

PCGS #
6291
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.40 grams
Mintage
818000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
25
Pop Lower
143
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 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
65 or Better 600
All Grades 30
60 or Better 0
65 or Better R-5.8
All Grades R-8.9
60 or Better R-10.1
65 or Better 27 / 66 TIE
All Grades 19 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 66
65 or Better 48 / 126 TIE
All Grades 32 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 1 / 126

Condition Census Learn More

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
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS65 estimated grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade
#1 MS64 PCGS grade