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.

PCGS #
6297
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.40 grams
Mintage
2834000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
70
Pop Lower
428
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 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
65 or Better 1600
All Grades 100
60 or Better 12
65 or Better R-4.7
All Grades R-8.0
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better 59 / 66 TIE
All Grades 49 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 32 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 105 / 126 TIE
All Grades 79 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 55 / 126 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade 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
MS67 PCGS grade #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

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

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
 
	MS66 PCGS grade 
#4 MS66 PCGS grade

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

MS66 PCGS grade #4 MS66 PCGS grade