Owner's Comments

CAC

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1864-S Half Dollar is scarce in most grades and, like other San Francisco coinage of this period, it is a condition-rarity due to the fact that most of the mintage went directly into commerce and few pieces were saved by collectors.  The few Mint State pieces that appear on the market are usually in MS63. Anything better is extremely rare.  The best is a single NGC MS67 -- a coin that jumped from $19,550 in 2002 to $74,750 five years later, reflecting its extreme rarity -- it has not reappeared at auction since.

Most examples we've seen are well-struck in the centers with perhaps some weakness on portions of the denticles.  The luster is generally soft and satiny.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
658000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
26
Pop Lower
190
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 450 R-6.1 15 / 66 TIE 28 / 126 TIE
All Grades 25 R-9.0 17 / 66 TIE 29 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98505, $19,387.50

1 MS66 estimated grade

Superior 2/2002:2056, $19,550 - Heritage 3/2007:807, $74,750

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 estimated grade

Stack’s 10/2006:1213, $18,400