Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1877-S Half Dollar is a great date for collectors because it sports a large mintage of over 5.3 million coins, it is readily available in most grades, and it is affordable in Mint State.  Hundreds have been graded in MS62, MS63, and MS64, and scores have been graded in MS65 and MS66.  In MS67, this date is exceedingly rare (see the PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census above).  Most 1877-S Half Dollars were struck very well, though the rare example will show weakness on the star on the right side of the obverse.  With a little hunting, collectors should be able to find a fully-struck 1877-S Half Dollar.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
5356000
Weight
12.50 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
251
Pop Lower
486
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 4000 R-4.2 45 / 45 123 / 126 TIE
All Grades 550 R-5.9 44 / 45 TIE 123 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 34 / 45 TIE 93 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2006:2429, $14,950 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98494, $19,975 - Heritage 3/2016:4905, $18,800

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