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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1851-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65+

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6267
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
13.36 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
402,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$41,125 • PCGS MS66 • 6-23-2014 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 500 R-6.0 19 / 66 TIE 36 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 55 R-8.4 38 / 66 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 6 R-9.7 22 / 66 TIE 41 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Superior 2/1999:1041 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30497, $41,125

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:5647, $16,450

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

Superior 2/1999:1041 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30497, $41,125

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2013:5647, $16,450

3 MS65 PCGS grade
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  

"Colonel" E.H.R. Green Collection - Partnership of Eric P. Newman & B.G. Johnson (St. Louis Stamp & Coin Co.) - Eric P. Newman, who paid $12.50 - Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society - Heritage 11/2013:33474, $23,500

8 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7040, $3,019

8 MS64 PCGS grade  
8 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1851-O Half Dollar is one of those dates that is not really common, but it is also not that scarce, unless one considers the Mint State versions.  Compared to several of the O-mint dates in the 1840s and 1850s, the 1851-O is right on par.  The overall strike characteristics of this date are above-average for a New Orleans Mint product, though the stars may show varying degrees of weakness.

At the Mint State level, most 1851-O Half Dollars fall into the MS62 to MS64 grades.  At the Gem level, this date becomes very rare.  The top grade for this date at PCGS is MS66.