Owner's Comments

WB-101, WB-102, & WB-103. Amazingly this set features three 57-S seated half dollars all graded AU53 by PCGS. The large S WB-101 is the low date variety.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1857-S Half Dollar is a low-mintage date that is scarce in all grades and rare in Mint State. Only three dates in the 1850s have lower mintages: 1853-O No Arrows, 1852, and 1852-O.  Price-wise, the 1857-S compares favorably with 1852-O and 1856-S, but on the high-end, it really takes off.  The best 1857-S Half Dollar is a PCGS MS66 that sold recently out of the Gene Gardner collection for $61,687.50.  This impressive coin is finest known by a full two points.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
158000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
10
Pop Lower
88
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 450 R-6.1 15 / 66 TIE 28 / 126 TIE
All Grades 12 R-9.5 10 / 66 TIE 15 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 66 TIE 1 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

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

David Queller Collection - Stack's 10/2002:557 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30502, $61,687.50

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade MS62 PCGS grade