Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Thanks to a large mintage of over 7 million coins, the 1858-O Half Dollar is a common coin in most grades.  Mint State examples are plentiful in MS62 and MS63, but the population begins to drop off quickly in MS64 and above.  The finest 1858-O Half Dollar is a single PCGS MS66 formerly of the Eugene Gardner Collection (not a surprise since Mr. Gardner had such an extraordinary taste for superb quality Seated Liberty coinage).  

Numerous 1858-O Half Dollars were recovered from the wreck of the S.S. Republic in 2003 off the coast of Georgia.  Most saw limited circulation before the ship went down in 1865, but all were affected by salt water corrosion, thus they show nice details, but lightly pitted surfaces.

PCGS #
6294
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.40 grams
Mintage
7294000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
96
Pop Lower
877
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 3000 R-4.4 64 / 66 114 / 126 TIE
All Grades 180 R-7.2 60 / 66 TIE 96 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 6 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3000
All Grades 180
60 or Better 6
65 or Better R-4.4
All Grades R-7.2
60 or Better R-9.7
65 or Better 64 / 66
All Grades 60 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 22 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 114 / 126 TIE
All Grades 96 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 41 / 126 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

Heritage 8/2001:6175, $10,235 - Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 8/2001 - Eugene Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98498, $17,625

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
	MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2014:3171, $7637.50

2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2009:779, $7,475 - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13201, $15,275

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 8/2001:6175, $10,235 - Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 8/2001 - Eugene Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98498, $17,625

 
	MS65 PCGS grade 
#2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2014:3171, $7637.50

MS65 PCGS grade #2 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 9/2009:779, $7,475 - Stack's/Bowers 1/2013:13201, $15,275

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 PCGS grade