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

1868 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6323
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
417,600
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$9,988 • NGC MS65 • 5-12-2015 • Heritage Auctions
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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 50 R-8.5 14 / 45 TIE 51 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 4 R-9.8 3 / 45 TIE 18 / 126 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade

“Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS65 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2004:457, $5,290.00 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98483, $9,987.50 - “Clackamas” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 5/2013:382, $8,812.50

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2017:3670, $5,640.00 - D. L. Hansen Collection

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

“Perfection 8A” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS65 PCGS grade

American Numismatic Rarities 8/2004:457, $5,290.00 - Eugene H. Gardner Collection, Part III - Heritage 5/2015:98483, $9,987.50 - “Clackamas” Collection (PCGS Set Registry)

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Stack's/Bowers 5/2013:382, $8,812.50

3 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 6/2017:3670, $5,640.00 - D. L. Hansen Collection

3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grad  
9 MS64 PCGS grade  
9 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Many of the Half Dollar dates from the 1860's have small mintages relative to their branch mint counterparts and the 1868 is no exception.  It shows a mintage of 417,600 pieces compared to 1,160,000 for the San Francisco Mint.  As a result, the 1868 Half Dollar is much scarcer than might be expected, the price is much higher than that of a normal "type" coin, and it is surprisingly difficult to locate in Mint State (where the typoicla quality is a mid-range MS63.  Gems are very rare, especially above MS65.  Somewhere "out there" is a PCGS MS67 example that has never appeared at auction.  As the sole Top Pop, it would easily set a new record price for this date.