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

1856-O 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6288
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,658,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$10,575 • PCGS MS66 • 6-8-2016 • Heritage Auctions
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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 61 / 66 TIE 107 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 180 R-7.2 60 / 66 TIE 96 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 32 / 66 TIE 55 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
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Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
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3 MS65 estimated grade  

Ron Guth: In 1856, employees at the New Orleans Mint cranked out over 2.6 million Half Dollars representing a total value of $1.329 miilion.  Though most of those entered circulation, a large number were preserved by collectors in high grades.  Today, dozens of 1856-O Half Dollars exist in a range of grades from MS62 to MS65, and smaller quantities are available in MS65 to MS66.  Mid-range Mint State examples are quite affordable but, not unexpectedly, the 1856-O Half Dollar becomes an expensive condition-rarity in MS66.

The typical 1856-O Half Dollar shows weakness in some of the stars, the denticles on both sides, and perhaps in some of the reverse legends.  Accordingly, coins with full strikes should command a nice premium.