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: $6.90 (9/30/2016)
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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 479
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 67


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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/27/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 947 $391.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 65   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2583 $5,175.00
5/30/2010 PCGS MS 61   Bonhams Coins, Medals, and Banknotes, 18301/Lot# 1644 $8,775.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10331 $862.50
9/8/2011 NGC MS 62   Teletrade Auction 3134, 3134/Lot# 1032 $776.25
10/6/2013 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/06/2013, 95/Lot# 139733 $324.50
1/7/2015 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10363 $1,527.50
8/9/2015 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131533/Lot# 25275 $130.43
8/9/2015 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131533/Lot# 25276 $270.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1135201230288539586745838974110312061321155820292699390264008058122291924823521
46157211249372555639776883101711371244140017152252310047356953944814569206720
00000063977688310171137124414001715225231004735695394481456900
000000692807929106011721283147918722476350155677505108391690800
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 8058
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2648
Owner: CSdot
 
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