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SERIES: Liberty Head $2 1/2 1840-1907
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1863-S $2.50 (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS64+

PCGS MS61

PCGS AU50
PCGS #:
7799
Diameter:
18.00 millimeters
Designer:
Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
4.18 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
10,800
Metal Content:
90% Gold, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$50,600 • PCGS MS64 • 3-14-2006 • American Numismatic Rarities
Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
Grades Survival
Estimate 
Numismatic
Rarity 
Relative Rarity
By Type 
Relative Rarity
By Series 
All Grades 60 R-8.4 12 / 147 TIE 12 / 147 TIE
60 or Better 4 R-9.8 5 / 147 TIE 5 / 147 TIE
65 or Better 1 R-10.0 1 / 147 TIE 1 / 147 TIE
Condition Census (Explain) Show more rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64+ PCGS grade

Elmer S. Sears, sold privately in 11/1910 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:198, $5,500

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS61 PCGS grade
3 MS61 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
Condition Census (Explain) Show fewer rows
Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS64+ PCGS grade

Elmer S. Sears, sold privately in 11/1910 - John H. Clapp Collection, sold intact in 1942 - Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection - Bowers & Ruddy 10/1982:198, $5,500

2 MS64 PCGS grade  
3 MS61 PCGS grade
3 MS61 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
5 AU58 PCGS grade  
9 AU55 PCGS grade  
9 AU55 PCGS grade  
Ron Guth: This date was struck using the Old Reverse ("Hub of 1840-1858").  Research note: check reverse of contemporary dates to see if they are from the same die.

David Akers (1975/88): Although the 1863-S is not as rare as the 1862-S, it is similarly unappreciated and underpriced. Most known specimens are very weakly struck and strictly uncirculated pieces are extremely rare. I have seen only two fully mint state pieces and a modest number of AU's. Actually, any 1863-S better than VF is rare and desirable.