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Obverse of 1859-S Half Dollar     Reverse of 1859-S Half Dollar
 


1859-S HALF DOLLAR

PCGS No: 6298

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 566,000
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

Images courtesy of Heritage Numismatic Auctions

Significant examples:

Recent appearances:
PCGS MS-64 (illustrated above).  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc. "Santa Clara" sale, November 18-20, 1999, Lot 6558

Varieties:

Notes:
The finest example graded by PCGS are 2 MS-68's.

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