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

1869-S 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS65

PCGS MS63

PCGS MS62
PCGS #:
6326
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
656,000
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$27,600 • NGC MS67 • 3-11-2004 • Bowers & Merena
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1
32
1
1
2
24
3
2
3
28
1
3
4
40
2
4
6
45
6
8
50
3
8
10
54
2
10
12
65
2
12
15
70
15
45+
300
45+
50+
425
50+
53+
550
53+
55+
700
55+
58+
1,100
58+
60
1,300
1
60
61
1,450
2
61
62+
1,950
62+
63+
2,900
63+
64+
4,250
64+
65+
7,500
65+
66
12,500
1
66
66+
16,500
66+
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 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  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS67 PCGS grade  
2 MS66 estimated grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 PCGS grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
3 MS65 estimated grade  
10 MS64 PCGS grade  

Ron Guth: The 1869-S Half Dollar has a rather substantial mintage in the hundreds of thousands, but like most S-mint dates of the era, there are scant Mint State pieces.  Of those that have survived, the quality is fair to middling, with most falling into the MS63 to MS64 range.  Gems are extremely rare, despite the existence of a couple of Superb examples.  The strike quality of this date is an issue, as many examples have poor definition on some of the stars and they may also show weakness on the reverse scroll at IN GOD.