Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,290,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.53 (7/22/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 S 50C MS obverse 1861 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1861 is the only Civil War year in which the Philadelphia Mint bested its San Francisco counterpart in the area of half dollar production. The latter registered a total mintage of only 939,500 pieces, most of which undoubtedly saw extensive circulation.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1861 S 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 93
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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8/9/2014 UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7772
8/9/2014 AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7771


Auction Prices Realized

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6/3/1994 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1994 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #120, 120/Lot# 468 $2,200.00
7/27/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 July New York, NY Signature Sale #296, 296/Lot# 8146 $2,990.00
10/4/2006 PCGS G 6   Teletrade Auction 2269, 2269/Lot# 1280 $53.00
4/28/2009 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 759 $3,593.75
12/28/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 440, 446/Lot# 429 $1,955.00
6/9/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 113107 $322.63
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4176 $4,993.75
8/8/2013 NGC PR 1   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7875 $381.88


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