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: 12.44g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.72 (8/25/2016)
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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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: 8/3/2016

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1861 50C MS
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 75.00 165 250 320 375 485 540 625 825 1200 1850 4900 12500 31000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - 900 1400 2650 5750 15000 - -

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Total Graded: 477
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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11/27/2006 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 115: The Eagle One Sale, 120/Lot# 4307 $351.90
5/27/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 27-30, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 41/Lot# 1164 $1,725.00
1/6/2010 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2010 January Orlando, FL FUN US Coin Auction #1136, 1136/Lot# 8164 $207.00
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1644 $8,775.00
11/9/2010 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Online Session, 69/Lot# 10640 $88.55
6/19/2011 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3086, 3086/Lot# 1449 $322.00
7/21/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131331/Lot# 24812 $205.63
10/6/2013 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 139733 $324.50
5/31/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131523/Lot# 24478 $376.00
3/3/2016 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(1), 1233/Lot# 3983 $1,762.50

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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