Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1863-S Half Dollar is relativerly common in circulated grades, moderately scarce in Mint State, but very rare above MS64.  This scenario is typical of most San Francisco Mint issues of the period because of their distance frpom the East Coast and the relatively few collectors who cared about mintmarks.  

The luster on 1863-S Half Dollars is usually brilliant to satiny.  The strike quality is generally good, but sometimes the stars at the top of the obverse can be weak...the same is true of the denticles on both sides.  One might expect these coins to be "baggy" from excessive transporting, but such is not the case.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
916000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
84
Pop Lower
220
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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 1 R-10.0 1 / 66 TIE 1 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade
1 MS65 estimated grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade MS64+ PCGS grade

“Ivy” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS64+ PCGS grade MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade MS64+ PCGS grade