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: $6.05 (6/3/2015)
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: 446
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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6/7/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1221/Lot# 4528


Auction Prices Realized

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3/19/1997 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 1997 Mid-Winter ANA Bullet Sale #168, 168/Lot# 343 $132.00
2/25/1998 PCGS AU 50   Teletrade Auction 1027, 1027/Lot# 1484 $130.80
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2360 $603.75
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1249 $1,150.00
12/7/2009 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 434, 440/Lot# 335 $1,495.00
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1644 $8,775.00
10/6/2013 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 139733 $324.50
6/30/2014 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3488, 6037/Lot# 20310 $229.13


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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