1859 50C AU55 Certification #03643165, PCGS #6296

Expert Comments

Ron Guth

Of the three 1859 Half Dollars (1859, 1859-O, and 1859-S), the 1859 is right in the middle of the pack in terms of both mintage and the number of certified examples that exist today.  The 1859 is not as plentiful as the 1858, nor even the 1858-O, but it is available in most grades up to (and including) MS66. 

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
747200
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
101
Pop Lower
190
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 1200 R-4.9 53 / 66 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
All Grades 100 R-8.0 49 / 66 TIE 79 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 10 R-9.5 32 / 66 TIE 55 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98476, $18,213 - Heritage 4/2016:4664, $21,150

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2012:3240, $19,550 - D.L. Hansen Collection

2 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade

Heritage 7/2005:6305, $8,625

2 MS66 PCGS grade
5 MS65 PCGS grade