Owner's Comments

Ex-Eliasberg OGH CAC

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Half Dollar mintages were rarely over one million coins in the 1860's.  Most of the larger mintages were from the San Francisco Mint, with the exception of the 1860-O and 1861-O Half Dollars.  The mintage for the 1868-S Half Dollar came in at 1,160,000 coins -- just under the mintage of the 1867-S.  Both dates are considered semi-scarce, primarily because it was difficult for collectors on the East coast to acquire coins from the San Francisco Mint.  By the time the coins made it across the continent, they were well-worn and tired out.  As a result, the 1868-S Half Dollar commands premiums in most grades, but especially in Mint State, where they are particularly rare.  Most Mint State 1868-S Half Dollars are mid-range, but there are some notable examples, including a single, stunning PCGS MS67

PCGS #
6324
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.40 grams
Mintage
1160000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
19
Pop Lower
197
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

Grades
65 or Better 600 R-5.8 16 / 45 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
All Grades 30 R-8.9 9 / 45 TIE 32 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 600
All Grades 30
60 or Better 4
65 or Better R-5.8
All Grades R-8.9
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better 16 / 45 TIE
All Grades 9 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 3 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 48 / 126 TIE
All Grades 32 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census Learn More

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:5667, $32,900

2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:6309, $17,250 - The Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III 5/2015 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98484, $17,625 - Clackamas Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4376, $9,400 - Heritage 1/2018:3724, $12,000 - Heritage 12/2019:3110, $9,900

3 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS64+ PCGS grade
MS67 PCGS grade #1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:5667, $32,900

#2 MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:6309, $17,250 - The Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III 5/2015 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98484, $17,625 - Clackamas Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

MS65 PCGS grade #3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4376, $9,400 - Heritage 1/2018:3724, $12,000 - Heritage 12/2019:3110, $9,900

#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#5 MS64+ PCGS grade