Owner's Comments

WB-104 small wide S, with a green CAC sticker.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

In 1875, the San Francisco Mint made twice as many Half Dollars as the Carson City Mint, but just over half as many as the Philadelphia Mint.  With a mintage of 3,200,000 coins, the 1875-S Half Dollar is valued as a regular example of the type, with no premiums for most grades.  Mint State examples are plentiful in all grades from MS62 to MS66, above which this date becomes an extreme, condition-rarity.  The strike quality on 1875-S Half Dollars varies from soft to strong on the stars.  Thus, if given the opportunity, and all else is equal, choose the coin that is better-struck.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
3200000
Weight
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
289
Pop Lower
171
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 3000 R-4.4 41 / 45 TIE 114 / 126 TIE
All Grades 475 R-6.0 43 / 45 121 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 90 R-8.1 40 / 45 100 / 126

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 11/2012:1745, $9,200 - Heritage 4/2013:4276, $22,325 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30518, $18,800

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2015:438, $4,700 - Heritage 1/2016:4057, $5,170

2 MS66+ PCGS grade
2 MS66+ PCGS grade
5 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $3.50 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33741, $11,750 - Legend Numismatics, offered on their website on 7/16/2014 for $11,950 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 12/2014:177, not sold - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 9/2015:148, $8,813