Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In it's fifth year of production, the San Francisco Mint issued 376,000 Half Dollars...a reasonably large mintage for the period, and certainly one that would not be considered rare based on the number of coins struck.  However, few nice ones were saved by collectors, making the 1858-S Half Dollar a true condition-rarity.  The PCGS CoinFacts Board of Experts thought that as many as 43 examples might have survived in Mint State, but their estimate was made circa 2008 and may be a bit optimistic today.  Of the Mint State examples examined by PCGS, virtually all are in the grade range from MS62 to MS64.  Gems are exceedingly rare and we know of only one at the MS66 level (that being the remarkable PCGS MS66 from the Norweb and Gene Gardner collections.

PCGS #
6295
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.40 grams
Mintage
476000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
43
Pop Lower
163
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 650 R-5.7 37 / 66 61 / 126 TIE
All Grades 40 R-8.7 25 / 66 TIE 42 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 650
All Grades 40
60 or Better 3
65 or Better R-5.7
All Grades R-8.7
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better 37 / 66
All Grades 25 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 13 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 61 / 126 TIE
All Grades 42 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

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

Numismatic Gallery 8/1953:631 - Norweb Collection, Part III - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3181, $12,100 - Heritage 1/2007:983, $34,500 - Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 8/2010 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98499, $32,900 - Heritage 4/2017:4055, $32,900 - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 estimated grade
4 MS64+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2019:335, not sold

5 MS64 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade

Numismatic Gallery 8/1953:631 - Norweb Collection, Part III - Bowers & Merena 11/1988:3181, $12,100 - Heritage 1/2007:983, $34,500 - Pinnacle Rarities, sold privately in 8/2010 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part II - Heritage 10/2014:98499, $32,900 - Heritage 4/2017:4055, $32,900 - D.L. Hansen Collection

#2 MS65 PCGS grade
#2 MS65 estimated grade
#4 MS64+ PCGS grade

Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2019:335, not sold

#5 MS64 PCGS grade