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SERIES: Draped Bust Half Dollars 1796-1807
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1796 50C 15 Stars (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS62

PCGS AU58

PCGS VF30
PCGS #:
6057
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot/John Eckstein
Weight:
13.48 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
934
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$587,500 • PCGS MS63 • 5-19-2015 • Stack's/Bowers
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 75 R-8.2 2 / 3 3 / 16
60 or Better 5 R-9.7 3 / 3 10 / 16 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 3 1 / 16
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/1989:1990 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2004:418, $189,750 - Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:528, $373,750 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1101, $258,500

4 MS62 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
2 MS63 PCGS grade  
4 MS62 PCGS grade

Bowers & Merena 3/1989:1990 - American Numismatic Rarities 8/2004:418, $189,750 - Southwest Collection - Heritage 2/2008:528, $373,750 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack’s/Bowers & Sotheby’s 5/2015:1101, $258,500

4 MS62 estimated grade  
4 MS62 estimated grade  
7 AU 58 PCGS grade
7 AU58 estimated grade  
9 AU55 PCGS grade  
9 AU55 PCGS grade  
Don Willis: Mintage for the 15 stars is estimated at 569 while mintage for the 16 stars variety is estimated at 365. However, both seem to appear equally as often at auction. There was only a single AU58 for several years, which I owned multiple times. Another AU58 appeared on the market in 2008 which was sold by Heritage. There are at most a hand full of mint state examples. This is one of the most beautiful and short lived designs.