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: $7.02 (8/20/2014)
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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7/10/2006 NGC PR 1   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 95, 100/Lot# 1611 $655.50
10/29/2006 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2279, 2279/Lot# 1738 $336.00
11/29/2007 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 60654 $2,300.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2704 $1,410.00
10/17/2012 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 3147 $23,000.00
6/9/2013 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/09/2013, 78/Lot# 113107 $322.63
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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