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

1863-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS64+
PCGS #:
6310
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
916,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$9,106 • NGC MS65 • 6-23-2014 • Heritage Auctions
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1
39
3
1
2
30
4
2
3
35
2
3
4
50
1
4
6
55
6
10
67
6
10
12
87
2
12
15
100
3
15
20
125
7
20
45+
315
45+
50+
410
50+
53+
470
53+
55+
565
55+
58+
1,065
58+
60
1,150
2
60
62+
1,700
62+
63+
3,200
63+
64+
5,250
4
64+
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 1 R-10.0 1 / 66 TIE 1 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS64+ PCGS grade

“Ivy” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS64+ PCGS grade

“Ivy” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade
3 MS64+ PCGS grade  
7 MS64 PCGS grade
7 MS64 PCGS grade  
7 MS64 PCGS grade  
7 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1863-S Half Dollar is relativerly common in circulated grades, moderately scarce in Mint State, but very rare above MS64.  This scenario is typical of most San Francisco Mint issues of the period because of their distance frpom the East Coast and the relatively few collectors who cared about mintmarks.  

The luster on 1863-S Half Dollars is usually brilliant to satiny.  The strike quality is generally good, but sometimes the stars at the top of the obverse can be weak...the same is true of the denticles on both sides.  One might expect these coins to be "baggy" from excessive transporting, but such is not the case.