Coin Specifications

Category: Confederate States of America
Mint: Private
Obverse Designer: A. H. M. Patterson
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Edge: Reeded
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1861 CSA RESTRIKE B-8001 50C MS obverse 1861 CSA RESTRIKE B-8001 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Only four original Confederate Half Dollars were struck in 1861. The Confederate reverse die, however, was kept by Chief Coiner Dr. B. F. Taylor, and in 1879 he sold the die along with his original 1861 Confederate Half Dollar to coin dealer Ebenezer Locke Mason, Jr, who in turn sold the die and coin to J. W. Scott.

Scott polished the Confederate reverse die to remove some of the rust that had accumulated and paired it with a new die that gave a brief explanation of the history. 500 of these tokens were struck by Scott in white metal and sold to collectors. They are attributed as B-8003.

After these tokens were minted, Scott overstruck a limited number of 1861 Seated Liberty Dollars with the Confederate reverse in an attempt to mimic the original 1861 Confederate Half Dollar design. There are two types of these restrikes: B-8001, which has the Seated Liberty reverse design prominently visible beneath the Confederate design, and B-8002, which was struck after the Seated Liberty reverse was completed effaced and no longer visible.

The B-8001 and B-8002 restrikes feature weak obverse details and die rust on the reverse.


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Total Graded: 7
Low Grade: 53
Average Grade: 60
High Grade: 65

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