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

1806 50C Pointed 6, No Stem (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

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PCGS #:
6073
Diameter:
32.50 millimeters
Designer:
Robert Scot
Weight:
13.50 grams
Edge:
Lettered: FIFTY CENTS OR HALF A DOLLAR
Mintage:
839,576
Metal Content:
89.2% Silver, 10.8% Copper
Auction Record:
$129,250 • PCGS MS65 • 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 2,000 R-4.6 10 / 13 TIE 13 / 16 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 10 / 13 13 / 16
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 13 1 / 16 TIE
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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Superior 9/1987:225 - Superior “Jascha Heifetz Collection” 10/1989:595, $22,000 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:500, $63,250 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2015:1113, $129,250 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade

Superior 9/1987:225 - Superior “Jascha Heifetz Collection” 10/1989:595, $22,000 - Silbermünzen Collection - Heritage 5/2008:500, $63,250 - D. Brent Pogue Collection - Stack's/Bowers & Sotheby's 5/2015:1113, $129,250 - Dr. Charles Link Collection

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 PCGS grade  
2 MS64 estimated grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade
5 MS63 PCGS grade
5 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  
5 MS63 PCGS grade  
10 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1806 Pointed 6, No Stems Half Dollar is a popular, easily-recognized variety in a year full of varieties.  In this case, the 6 is pointed and there is no stem in the eagle's left talon (viewer's right).  The shape of the 6 was controlled by the decision of the engraver -- he picked up and used either a Pointed 6 or a Knobbed 6 punch.  The missing stem was an oversight on the engraver's part -- the stem was not a part of the larger punch that included the eagle and clouds.  The engraver's job was to add the stars in the field above the eagle and the stem.

This is one of the most common varieties of the year, which means that collectors will have no difficulty locating an example, even in high grade.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census starts at MS-62 and goes to MS-65, a remarkably high level of condition for a classic American coin.