Owner's Comments

WB-103 Old Green Label Holder, Once part of the WBDVII collection

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1866-S Half Dollar has a hefty mintage of nearly a million coins, but because of the remote location of the San Francisco Mint, the survival rate of high-grade examples is smaller than coins from the Philadelphia Mint with similar mintages. For example, the 1866 With Motto Half Dollar has a smaller mintage than the 1866-S With Motto, yet the number of certified examples of the former is fifty percent higher than the latter.  This explains why Mint State 1866-S With Motto Half Dollars command a substantial premium over the 1866 With Motto.

This date comes with a tiny mintmark.  Most examples are well struck in the centers, but often show weakness in the stars on either side of Liberty's head.

30.00 millimeters
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 450 R-6.1 10 / 45 TIE 28 / 126 TIE
All Grades 40 R-8.7 13 / 45 42 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7092, $4,025

4 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade