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 (9/4/2015)
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
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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Total Graded: 460
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
1/26/2000 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 1263, 1263/Lot# 1427 $141.70
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2360 $603.75
1/9/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 January Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Coin Auction #454, 454/Lot# 1558 $2,127.50
12/17/2009 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 437, 443/Lot# 6417 $690.00
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1644 $8,775.00
12/5/2013 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1192/Lot# 7969 $329.00
6/27/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 1440 $1,527.50
7/6/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 199/Lot# 204716 $330.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 50C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 8058
Owner: Malibu Collector
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2648
Owner: CSdot
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