Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,290,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.77 (12/19/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1861 S 50C MS obverse 1861 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1861 is the only Civil War year in which the Philadelphia Mint bested its San Francisco counterpart in the area of half dollar production. The latter registered a total mintage of only 939,500 pieces, most of which undoubtedly saw extensive circulation.

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1861 S 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 92
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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1/12/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4939


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7/10/2006 NGC PR 1   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 95, 100/Lot# 1611 $655.50
11/29/2007 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2007 November Houston, TX US Coin Signature Auction #370, 370/Lot# 60654 $2,300.00
12/27/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2985, 2985/Lot# 1421 $74.75
9/4/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1261 $414.00
5/30/2012 PCGS MS 61   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2704 $1,410.00
8/12/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131234/Lot# 24970 $117.50
4/22/2013 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3427, 3427/Lot# 1816 $152.75
8/5/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7772 $470.00
9/7/2014 NGC F 12   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 09/07/2014, 191/Lot# 175964 $75.00


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