Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1869, employees at the Philadelphia Mint churned out less than one million Half Dollars (796,300 to be exact). This mintage level was typical, if not above-average, for the period.  As such, the 1869 Half Dollar commands only a small premium over the normal "type" coin of the era.  In Mint State, the 1869 Half Dollar is fairly common, but the average quality trends low (MS61 to MS63).  Above MS64, the 1869 Half Dollar is a condition-rarity and MS66 appears to be the highest achievable grade.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
795300
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
79
Pop Lower
229
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1200 R-4.9 31 / 45 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
All Grades 125 R-7.7 25 / 45 92 / 126
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 15 / 45 TIE 55 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

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

Heritage 6/2014:30511, $14,100

2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade