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

1868-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS67

PCGS MS65

PCGS MS65
PCGS #:
6324
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
1,160,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$32,900 • PCGS MS67 • 1-4-2017 • Heritage Auctions
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1
34
1
1
2
26
2
3
31
1
3
4
46
1
4
6
53
2
6
8
60
1
8
10
64
1
10
12
100
3
12
20
125
1
20
45+
305
45+
50+
335
50+
53+
385
53+
55+
465
55+
58+
535
58+
60
750
1
60
61
900
1
61
62+
1,350
62+
63+
2,400
63+
64+
5,750
2
64+
65+
13,500
65+
66+
24,500
66+
67
39,500
1
67
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 600 R-5.8 16 / 45 TIE 48 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 30 R-8.9 9 / 45 TIE 32 / 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

Heritage 1/2017:5667, $32,900

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4376, $9,400 - Heritage 1/2018:3724, $12,000

5 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7097, $3,163

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

Heritage 1/2017:5667, $32,900

2 MS66 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 PCGS grade  
4 MS65 PCGS grade

Heritage 1/2017:4376, $9,400 - Heritage 1/2018:3724, $12,000

5 MS64 PCGS grade

Dick Osburn Collection -
Stack's/Bowers 8/2011:7097, $3,163

5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 PCGS grade  
5 MS64 estimated grade  
10 MS63 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: Half Dollar mintages were rarely over one million coins in the 1860's.  Most of the larger mintages were from the San Francisco Mint, with the exception of the 1860-O and 1861-O Half Dollars.  The mintage for the 1868-S Half Dollar came in at 1,160,000 coins -- just under the mintage of the 1867-S.  Both dates are considered semi-scarce, primarily because it was difficult for collectors on the East coast to acquire coins from the San Francisco Mint.  By the time the coins made it across the continent, they were well-worn and tired out.  As a result, the 1868-S Half Dollar commands premiums in most grades, but especially in Mint State, where they are particularly rare.  Most Mint State 1868-S Half Dollars are mid-range, but there are some notable examples, including a single, stunning PCGS MS67