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

1862-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
6308
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,352,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$42,300 • PCGS MS66 • 5-12-2015 • 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 700 R-5.6 38 / 66 TIE 64 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 60 R-8.4 38 / 66 TIE 62 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 66 TIE 1 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

J.M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1994, $14,300 - Bowers & Merena 11/2001:4140 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98480, $42,300 - “Ivy” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection  - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7081, $6,325 - Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4180, $5,170

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade  

J.M. Clapp Collection - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Merena 4/1997:1994, $14,300 - Bowers & Merena 11/2001:4140 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 5/2015:98480, $42,300 - “Ivy” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection  - Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7081, $6,325 - Richard Jewell Collection - Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4180, $5,170

3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: In 1862, employees at the San Francisco Mint produced over 1.3 million Half Dollars.  Most of those coins were destined to enter circulation.  Only a few nice ones found their way into coin collections (such was the destiny of most San Francisco Mint products during the late 1800's).  The average quality of a Mint State 1862-S Half Dollar is MS63, with fairly equal amounts of MS62 and MS64 examples on either side.  Gems are exceedingly rare, with only two known that are MS65 or better.  The finest is the PCGS MS66 (formerly of the Eliasberg and Gardner collections).  The strike quality of this date is usually strong, but keep an eye on the stars at the top of the obverse -- they are often flat.