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

1866 50C Motto (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
6319
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
744,900
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$41,125 • NGC MS67* • 10-18-2012 • 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 650 R-5.7 19 / 45 TIE 61 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 75 R-8.2 20 / 45 TIE 71 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 12 R-9.5 15 / 45 TIE 55 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 estimated grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
1 MS67 estimated grade  
4 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS66 estimated grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  
6 MS65 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" made its first appearance on a United States coin in 1864, when it was added to the Two Cents denomination.  In 1866, the motto finally made it onto the Half Dollar, at which time it was seen on all denominations except the Indian Cent, Three-Cent Nickel, Three-Cent Silver, Half Dime and Dime.

The mintage for this year is typical of the period -- somewhere between half a million and a million pieces.  As such, collectors will have no time finding nice examples of this date.  The PCGS CoinFacts Condition Census extends all the way up to MS67, though such examples are very pricey because of their exteme rarity in that grade.