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

1863 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6309
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
503,200
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$24,675 • PCGS MS67 • 2-1-2015 • 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 900 R-5.2 48 / 66 TIE 78 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 120 R-7.8 57 / 66 TIE 89 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 18 R-9.2 39 / 66 TIE 71 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5913 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30506, $22,325 - Heritage 1/2015:3138, $24,675 - “Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4289 (as PCGS MS66), $23,500 (this was the single finest PCGS-certified example at the time)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2004:5913 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 6/2014:30506, $22,325 - Heritage 1/2015:3138, $24,675 - “Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 8/2013:4289 (as PCGS MS66), $23,500 (this was the single finest PCGS-certified example at the time)

2 MS66+ PCGS grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
6 MS65+ PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  
7 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: If one looks at any 1863 denomination other than Cents, it appears that the Philadelphia Mint was on vacation that year.  In virtually every case, the production of any given denomination was greater in San Francisco than in Philadelphia.  Clearly, the attention at Philadephia was on striking Indian Cents, which they produced to a new record number of nearly 50 million coins.  At the same time, Half Dollar production at Philadelphia in 1863 was just over half that of San Francisco.  Even so, the 1863 is only slightly more scarce than the 1863-S.  Fewer 1863's exist in Mint State, but they tend to be nicer in overall quality and grade, presumably because they were transported shorter distances and saved by more collectors.  In rare instances, the 1863 Half Dollar can be found in superb condition; the same cannot be said of the 1863-S.  The strike quality of the 1863 Half Dollar is generally strong, but the increased pressures required to achieve full strikes sometimes led to die cracks.