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: $6.40 (1/27/2015)
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.

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 75.00 165 165 260 310 390 475 550 640 850 1375 2400 5250 17000 31000 - - -
$ 185 285 340 430 525 600 700 925 1500 2650 5750 18750 33000 -
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Total Graded: 433
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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12/11/2000 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1385, 1385/Lot# 1332 $681.25
11/22/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 197, 203/Lot# 5700 $340.40
2/15/2010 NGC MS 60   Stack's Bowers The March 2010 Baltimore Auction, 33/Lot# 862 $347.30
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1644 $8,775.00
2/28/2012 NGC AU 58   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3315 $477.25
3/25/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/25/2012, 15/Lot# 43170 $47.00
5/27/2012 NGC MS 62   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 1218 $834.00
5/30/2012 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8903 $143.75
5/4/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131419/Lot# 26653 $364.25

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 50C MS
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 6437
Owner: Malibu Collector
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2648
Owner: CSdot
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