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

1859 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6296
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
747,200
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$21,150 • PCGS MS67 • 4-27-2016 • 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 1,200 R-4.9 53 / 66 TIE 90 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 100 R-8.0 49 / 66 TIE 79 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 10 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  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 estimated grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS65 estimated grade  

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.