1859-S 50C AU58 Certification #26710185, PCGS #6298
The 1859-S had the lowest mintage of any Half Dollar produced at any of the U.S. Mints (New Orleans produced the most Half Dollars, followed by Philadelphia, then San Francisco). Even so, the mintage was substantial enough to make the 1859-S Half Dollar reasonably common today, but because most of the coins were dumped into circulation on the West Coast -- where they were sorely needed -- far fewer were saved by collectors in nice condition. The most frequently-seen Mint State grade is MS64 and Gems are very rare. However, there are two standouts, both of which were once owned by Louis Eliasberg, and both of which were subsequently graded MS68 by PCGS.