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: $5.28 (9/1/2015)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/24/2014

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1861 S 50C MS
Base $ 40.00 60.00 70.00 120 280 385 490 650 800 1325 1950 3000 5200 13250 26000 - - - -
$ 310 425 550 720 900 1450 2250 3300 6000 15000 28500 - -

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Total Graded: 94
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67

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12/28/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 440, 446/Lot# 429 $1,955.00
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
7/21/2013 NGC G 4   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131331/Lot# 24198 $50.00
11/24/2013 PCGS Genuine VG   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/24/2013, 102/Lot# 152394 $55.00
8/8/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21307 $188.00
6/4/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1221/Lot# 4529 $705.00

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