Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 60,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.91 (9/2/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS obverse 1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

One of the rarest of all Seated halves with only 60,000 pieces minted. In the large Guatemala hoard of Civil War S-mint halves that was discovered in the mid-1950s, there were no 1866-S coins, indicating that they were not hoarded. As a result, survivors are elusive in all grades with no more than 4 or 5 that exist in mint condition.

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Last Updated: 7/29/2014

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1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS
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Base $ 515 775 1000 1300 2450 2450 4050 4750 5150 6000 8500 10000 15500 22000 37500 87500 - 200000 - - -
$ 2700 4450 5100 5500 7000 9500 11000 16500 25000 41000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 62
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67


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9/2/2014 VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131435/Lot# 21598
9/6/2014 VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7687
9/6/2014 G 6   Heritage Auctions 2014 September 4 - 6 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(4), 1209/Lot# 7686


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9/11/1996 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 0875, 875/Lot# 1597 $654.00
10/23/2008 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2008 October Dallas, TX Signature US Coin Auction #1117, 1117/Lot# 912 $1,840.00
10/17/2012 PCGS VG 8   Stack's Bowers The November 2012 Baltimore Auction - US and World Lots - Live and Internet Only Sessions, 144/Lot# 1733 $646.25
12/9/2012 PCGS FA 2   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 89641 $302.50
4/24/2013 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 8396 $558.13
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 120 $540.00
4/1/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7772 $364.25
8/8/2014 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers August 2014 Chicago ANA, 6014/Lot# 4084 $2,115.00


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