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: $5.91 (4/28/2015)
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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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
  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: 443
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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5/5/2015 XF 45   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131518/Lot# 21148


Auction Prices Realized

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11/21/2002 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2002 November Santa Clara Signature Sale #304, 304/Lot# 7335 $1,150.00
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2360 $603.75
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1644 $8,775.00
2/2/2012 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 February 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1167/Lot# 8389 $218.50
6/18/2012 NGC MS 60   Teletrade Auction 3296, 3296/Lot# 1489 $400.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4174 $5,287.50
4/6/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 798, 807/Lot# 1084 $2,007.00
6/29/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 172247 $250.00


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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