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: $5.71 (10/10/2015)
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.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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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 15000 31000 - - -
$ 185 - 340 430 525 - 925 1500 2650 5750 18750 33000 -

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Total Graded: 462
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

Upcoming Auctions

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Sale / Lot
10/13/2015 AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131541/Lot# 23516
11/1/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 29 - November 1 US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1225/Lot# 4562

Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
9/23/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg September 23-26, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 42/Lot# 2780 $1,552.50
11/22/2007 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 197, 203/Lot# 5700 $340.40
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1644 $8,775.00
7/7/2011 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 8371 $322.00
3/11/2013 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 3421, 3421/Lot# 1893 $65.00
8/11/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/11/2013, 87/Lot# 129812 $143.00
1/19/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131404/Lot# 26163 $188.00
10/10/2014 NGC XF 45   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15227 $158.63

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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