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

1866-S 50C Motto (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64

PCGS MS64
PCGS #:
6320
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
994,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$14,950 • PCGS MS65 • 1-5-1999 • Bowers & Merena
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1
33
1
1
2
26
2
3
30
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4
42
3
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8
53
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10
57
4
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12
70
1
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85
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15
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360
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425
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535
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1,500
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5,750
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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 10 / 45 TIE 28 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 40 R-8.7 13 / 45 42 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 3 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 PCGS grade  
1 MS65 estimated grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7092, $4,025

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

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7092, $4,025

4 MS64 PCGS grade
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
4 MS64 PCGS grade  
10 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1866-S Half Dollar has a hefty mintage of nearly a million coins, but because of the remote location of the San Francisco Mint, the survival rate of high-grade examples is smaller than coins from the Philadelphia Mint with similar mintages. For example, the 1866 With Motto Half Dollar has a smaller mintage than the 1866-S With Motto, yet the number of certified examples of the former is fifty percent higher than the latter.  This explains why Mint State 1866-S With Motto Half Dollars command a substantial premium over the 1866 With Motto.

This date comes with a tiny mintmark.  Most examples are well struck in the centers, but often show weakness in the stars on either side of Liberty's head.