Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 60,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.65 (10/6/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS obverse 1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

One of the rarest of all Seated halves with only 60,000 pieces minted. In the large Guatemala hoard of Civil War S-mint halves that was discovered in the mid-1950s, there were no 1866-S coins, indicating that they were not hoarded. As a result, survivors are elusive in all grades with no more than 4 or 5 that exist in mint condition.

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Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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Base $ 515 775 1000 1300 2450 4050 4750 5150 6000 10000 15500 22000 37500 87500 - 200000 - - -
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Total Graded: 66
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67

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2/5/2006 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1483 $2,760.00
8/22/2010 PCGS VF 20   Teletrade Auction 2910, 2910/Lot# 1695 $1,207.50
10/18/2012 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4377 $646.25
10/18/2012 NGC F 15   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4378 $763.75
2/22/2013 PCGS G 4   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7202 $470.00
7/21/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 125921 $907.50
1/8/2014 NGC VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 9035 $900.05
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 120 $540.00

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