Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Of the three 1859 Half Dollars (1859, 1859-O, and 1859-S), the 1859 is right in the middle of the pack in terms of both mintage and the number of certified examples that exist today.  The 1859 is not as plentiful as the 1858, nor even the 1858-O, but it is available in most grades up to (and including) MS66. 

PCGS #
6296
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.40 grams
Mintage
747200
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
72
Pop Lower
232
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 1200 R-4.9 53 / 66 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
All Grades 100 R-8.0 49 / 66 TIE 79 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 32 / 66 TIE 55 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1200
All Grades 100
60 or Better 10
65 or Better R-4.9
All Grades R-8.0
60 or Better R-9.5
65 or Better 53 / 66 TIE
All Grades 49 / 66 TIE
60 or Better 32 / 66 TIE
65 or Better 90 / 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

Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98476, $18,213 - Heritage 4/2016:4664, $21,150

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3240, $19,550 - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:6305, $8,625

2 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade

Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98476, $18,213 - Heritage 4/2016:4664, $21,150

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3240, $19,550 - D.L. Hansen Collection

MS66 PCGS grade #2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:6305, $8,625

#2 MS66 PCGS grade
#5 MS65 PCGS grade