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: $5.32 (7/30/2015)
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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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

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.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1861 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 75.00 165 260 310 390 475 640 850 1375 2400 5250 17000 31000 - - -
$ 185 285 340 430 525 700 925 1500 2650 5750 18750 33000 -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 455
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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2/24/2003 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg February 24-25, 2003 Coin Auction, 17/Lot# 555 $4,255.00
1/3/2005 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1983, 1983/Lot# 1513 $110.00
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1644 $8,775.00
9/25/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8279 $199.75
6/27/2014 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1441 $1,471.10
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 172247 $250.00
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10357 $180.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1135201230288539586745838974110312061321155820292699390264008058122291924823521
46157211249372555639776883101711371244140017152252310047356953944814569206720
00000063977688310171137124414001715225231004735695394481456900
000000692807929106011721283147918722476350155677505108391690800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 8058
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2648
Owner: CSdot
 
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