Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 2,887,400
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.08 (4/24/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 50C MS obverse 1861 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Because of its mintage of close to 2.9 million pieces, the 1861 is relatively available in Mint State, although it is found much more often in VG and Fine grades. It is possible that the supply of better condition 1861 half dollars was reduced due to the circa 1879 Scott CSA dollar restrikes. J.W. Scott claimed that only 1861-O halves were used to produce the restrikes, but a Philadelphia example would have done as well, since the reverse (and any mintmark) was planed down to provide a surface for the CSA die.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1861 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 75.00 165 165 260 310 390 475 550 640 850 1375 2400 5250 17000 31000 - - -
$ 185 285 340 430 525 600 700 925 1500 2650 5750 18750 33000 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 407
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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11/27/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 115: The Eagle One Sale, 120/Lot# 4307 $351.90
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2780 $1,552.50
8/15/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10331 $862.50
12/18/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3191, 3191/Lot# 1685 $110.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3315 $477.25
3/25/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43170 $47.00
11/11/2012 NGC Details VF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131247/Lot# 20741 $47.00
1/13/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131304/Lot# 21034 $170.38
12/5/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4725 $1,527.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16389147163288409515655739854925958113813752169357353676437122291924830583
2171108152204328444561683777877936101812171639263741715723836714568230260
00000044456168377787793610181217163926374171572383671456800
000000479608711815901947107812961904310547696080102981690800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 6437
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2648
Owner: CSdot
 
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