1850 50C AU58+ Certification #24229737, PCGS #6264

Owner's Comments

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Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Usually, the mintage for a coin struck at the Philadelphia Mint is larger than that of similar-dated coins struck at the subsidiary, or branch, Mints.  However, that is not always the case because sometimes the Philadelphia Mint is distracted by other projects.  Such was the case in 1850.  With large amounts of gold coming in from California, the Philadelphia Mint focused on producing the new $20 gold piece, the new-ish Gold Dollar, and the Quarter Eagle.  In that environment, Mint employees at Philadelphia struck only 227,000 Half Dollars -- a record low for that denomination since 1815. 

As might be expected, the 1850 Half Dollar is scarce in all grades, rare in Mint State, and extremely rare above MS64.  The strike quality of this date is inconsistent.  We've seen everything from fully struck examples, those that have weak stars or weak talons and feathers on the reverse, and everything in-between.  MS63 to MS64 seem to be the typical grades for this date.

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
227000
Weight
13.36 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
25
Pop Lower
113
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 600 R-5.8 27 / 66 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
All Grades 50 R-8.5 32 / 66 TIE 51 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 3 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

William M. Friesner Collection - Edouard Frossard 6/1894 - John M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1949, $46,200 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98469, $117,500 - “Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS65+ PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5904, $23,000 - Bowers & Merena 11/2010:2005, $30,187.50

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
	MS64 PCGS grade

“TMae” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS64 PCGS grade MS64 PCGS grade
3 MS64 PCGS grade

Virginia Cabinet Collection - Heritage 4/2015:4477, $5,640 - Legend Rare Coin Auctions 1/2017:190, $6,756.25