1857-S 50C AU53 Certification #04072153, PCGS #6292

Owner's Comments

Ex-Reed Hawn sale in August 1973 where it was catalogged as a Gem BU. Ex-Stacks auction in Jan 1981 where it was catalogged as Ch BU. Ex-Frog Run collection in 2005 where it was slabbed AU58 by NGC. Ex-Brooklyn sale in 2007 as PCGS AU53. Talk about grde De-flation! This is one of four 57-S seated halves in my collection all of which grade AU53 or higher and they constitute a complete die marriage set for this date and mint mark.

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

The 1857-S Half Dollar is a low-mintage date that is scarce in all grades and rare in Mint State. Only three dates in the 1850s have lower mintages: 1853-O No Arrows, 1852, and 1852-O.  Price-wise, the 1857-S compares favorably with 1852-O and 1856-S, but on the high-end, it really takes off.  The best 1857-S Half Dollar is a PCGS MS66 that sold recently out of the Gene Gardner collection for $61,687.50.  This impressive coin is finest known by a full two points.

30.00 millimeters
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
The United States of America
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PCGS Population
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Rarity and Survival Estimates

65 or Better 450 R-6.1 15 / 66 TIE 28 / 126 TIE
All Grades 12 R-9.5 10 / 66 TIE 15 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 66 TIE 1 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

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

David Queller Collection - Stack's 10/2002:557 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30502, $61,687.50

2 MS64 PCGS grade
2 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS63 PCGS grade
5 MS62 PCGS grade MS62 PCGS grade