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1857-S HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6292

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 158,000
Proofs: 0

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, modified by Christian Gobrecht and Robert Ball Hughes, executed by James Barton Longacre; Reverse by Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: ±30 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%

Weight: ±192 grains (±12.4 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco, CA) below the eagle on the reverse

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Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
1857-S Half Dollar from the wreck of the S.S. Central America.  Ex – American Numismatic Rarities, LLC’s “The Classics Sale,” July 25, 2003 , Lot 921, illustrated, sold for $1,035.00

EF-40.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1746 sold for $195.50

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-66.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, April 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service