Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1859, the New Orleans Mint bore the brunt of Half Dollar production, producing more of that denomination than either the Philadelpjia or San Francisco Mints - by far.  Unfortunately, despite the larger mintage and the greater population of certified coins, the quality of the surviving examples is not as good as the coins produced at the other two Mints.  The majority of certified Mint State 1859-O Half Dollars only rate MS62 to MS63.  There are some higher quality examples, but they are quite scarce.  The best example is the bright, blast white PCGS MS67 that has not re-appeared on the market since it last sold in 2006.  Most of the 1859-O Half Dollars that we've seen appear to be well-struck, though the occasional coin will show weakness on the stars.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
2834000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
68
Pop Lower
416
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1600 R-4.7 59 / 66 TIE 105 / 126 TIE
All Grades 100 R-8.0 49 / 66 TIE 79 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 12 R-9.5 32 / 66 TIE 55 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2003:7591 - Heritage 7/2003:7591, $32,200 - George "Buddy" Byers Collection - Stack's 10/2006:1191, $33,350

2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6297 (MS) 66+

Thomas S. Chalkley Collection - Superior 1/1990:3593 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:688, $66,125 - Perfection 8A Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
	MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 4/2012:5121, $19,550 - Heritage 7/2012:3720, $19,550

4 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade