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.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
656000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Country
The United States of America
Pop Higher
22
Pop Lower
118
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

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

Condition Census

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