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

1864-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS63
PCGS #:
6312
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
658,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$74,750 • NGC MS67 • 3-1-2007 • Heritage Auctions
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1
42
2
1
2
29
2
2
3
35
4
3
4
50
1
4
10
82
3
10
12
100
6
12
45+
485
45+
50+
575
50+
53+
675
53+
55+
1,110
55+
58+
1,160
1
58+
62+
2,400
62+
63+
4,500
63+
64
6,500
1
64
64+
8,000
64+
65
14,000
2
65
65+
16,500
65+
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 450 R-6.1 15 / 66 TIE 28 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 25 R-9.0 17 / 66 TIE 29 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 13 / 66 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98505, $19,387.50

1 MS66 estimated grade  

Superior 2/2002:2056, $19,550 - Heritage 3/2007:807, $74,750

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  

Stack’s 10/2006:1213, $18,400

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

Larry Whitlow, sold privately in 5/2004 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection - Heritage 10/2014:98505, $19,387.50

1 MS66 estimated grade  

Superior 2/2002:2056, $19,550 - Heritage 3/2007:807, $74,750

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  

Stack’s 10/2006:1213, $18,400

3 MS65 estimated grade  
7 MS64 PCGS grade  
8 MS63 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7085, $3,738

8 MS63 PCGS grade  
8 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1864-S Half Dollar is scarce in most grades and, like other San Francisco coinage of this period, it is a condition-rarity due to the fact that most of the mintage went directly into commerce and few pieces were saved by collectors.  The few Mint State pieces that appear on the market are usually in MS63. Anything better is extremely rare.  The best is a single NGC MS67 -- a coin that jumped from $19,550 in 2002 to $74,750 five years later, reflecting its extreme rarity -- it has not reappeared at auction since.

Most examples we've seen are well-struck in the centers with perhaps some weakness on portions of the denticles.  The luster is generally soft and satiny.