Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1865-S Half Dollar is a somewhat scarce date in most grades, but it is particularly elusive in Mint State.  In the past, the PCGS Population Reports showed a large number of MS64 examples, but those were discovered to be resubmissions and were removed.  Thus, this date continues to be a true condition-rarity in better Mint State grades.  Wiley-Bugert have uncovered three different die varieties for this date, based primarily on repunching (if evident) and different mintmark positions.  The 1865-S Half Dollar is usually well struck in the centers, but often shows weakness in the stars at the top of the obverse.  

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
675000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
49
Pop Lower
182
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 35 R-8.8 21 / 66 TIE 37 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
	PCGS #6314 (MS) 65

Heritage 4/2011:5149 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98482, $42,300

2 MS64+ PCGS grade PCGS #6314 (MS)     64+
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade