Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1869-S Half Dollar has a rather substantial mintage in the hundreds of thousands, but like most S-mint dates of the era, there are scant Mint State pieces.  Of those that have survived, the quality is fair to middling, with most falling into the MS63 to MS64 range.  Gems are extremely rare, despite the existence of a couple of Superb examples.  The strike quality of this date is an issue, as many examples have poor definition on some of the stars and they may also show weakness on the reverse scroll at IN GOD.

PCGS #
6326
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.40 grams
Mintage
656000
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
22
Pop Lower
125
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 450 R-6.1 10 / 45 TIE 28 / 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 450
All Grades 30
60 or Better 4
65 or Better R-6.1
All Grades R-8.9
60 or Better R-9.8
65 or Better 10 / 45 TIE
All Grades 9 / 45 TIE
60 or Better 3 / 45 TIE
65 or Better 28 / 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
2 MS66 estimated grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 estimated grade
#1 MS67 PCGS grade
#2 MS66 estimated grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 PCGS grade
#3 MS65 estimated grade