Owner's Comments

CAC

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The1871-S Half Dollar had the largest mintage of any S-Mint Half Dollar up to that date and the largest mintage of any Half Dollar since 1861.  Nonetheless, it is generally priced at a small premium over the regular "type" coins, including those of the 1880's with smaller mintages.  It is relatively scarce in Mint State, with the average grading hovering in the MS62 to MS64 range.  Gems are very rare.

The strike quality on the 1871-S Half Dollar is usually quite good.  Luster, as seen on the few Mint State examples we've encountered, is frosty.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
2178000
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
21
Pop Lower
274
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 800 R-5.4 23 / 45 TIE 72 / 126 TIE
All Grades 50 R-8.5 14 / 45 TIE 51 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
2 MS65 PCGS grade
5 MS64+ PCGS grade