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

1860-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63

PCGS AU58
PCGS #:
6301
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
472,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$12,925 • PCGS MS64 • 7-27-2013 • 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 600 R-5.8 27 / 66 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 32 / 66 TIE 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 0 R-10.1 1 / 66 1 / 126
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5910 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30505, $7,050

1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4171, $12,925

1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Heritage 3/2014:10364, $5,287.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5910 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30505, $7,050

1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4171, $12,925

1 MS64 PCGS grade  

Heritage 3/2014:10364, $5,287.50

1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
1 MS64 PCGS grade  
9 MS63 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7073, $1,363

9 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1860, the U.S. Mints at Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New Orleans struck Half Dollars.  The 1860-O had the largest mintage by far, and the 1860-S and 1860 Half Dollars were a distant second and third, respectively.  However, they all survived at different rates, and the 1860-S Half Dollars, because they were far from collectors became much rarer than their eastern counterparts  In fact, the 1860-S is the rarest and most valuable of the three, at least as far as certified examples go, and it is the scarcest date from the 1860s with the exception of the 1866-S No Motto (we don't count the unique 1866 No Motto Half Dollar). 

The typical 1860-S Half Dollar is well struck.  Occasionally, clashmarks can be seen in the right obverse field.  The reverses come with Large and Medium-size mintmarks.