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

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
1160000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
19
Pop Lower
183
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Condition Census

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

Heritage 1/2017:5667, $32,900

2 MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade

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

5 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7097, $3,163