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: $5.96 (11/26/2014)
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: 7/29/2014

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1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS
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Base $ 515 775 1000 1300 2450 2450 4050 4750 5150 6000 8500 10000 15500 22000 37500 87500 - 200000 - - -
$ 2700 4450 5100 5500 7000 9500 11000 16500 25000 41000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 63
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
1/24/2010 PCGS FA 2   Teletrade Auction 2802, 2802/Lot# 1735 $207.00
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
6/5/2013 PCGS FA 2   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 8216 $152.75
7/21/2013 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/21/2013, 84/Lot# 125921 $907.50
7/27/2013 PCGS XF 45   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4191 $3,525.00
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 120 $540.00
9/21/2014 NGC Details G Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131439/Lot# 29786 $258.50


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