Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1860, the U.S. Mints at Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New Orleans struck Half Dollars.  The 1860-O had the largest mintage by far, and the 1860-S and 1860 Half Dollars were a distant second and third, respectively.  However, they all survived at different rates, and the 1860-S Half Dollars, because they were far from collectors became much rarer than their eastern counterparts  In fact, the 1860-S is the rarest and most valuable of the three, at least as far as certified examples go, and it is the scarcest date from the 1860s with the exception of the 1866-S No Motto (we don't count the unique 1866 No Motto Half Dollar). 

The typical 1860-S Half Dollar is well struck.  Occasionally, clashmarks can be seen in the right obverse field.  The reverses come with Large and Medium-size mintmarks.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
472000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
31
Pop Lower
143
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 600 R-5.8 27 / 66 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
All Grades 50 R-8.5 32 / 66 TIE 51 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5910 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30505, $7,050

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4171, $12,925

1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 3/2014:10364, $5,287.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade
1 MS64 PCGS grade