Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.35 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 50C PF obverse 1861 50C PF reverse
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Description & Analysis

Not wanting to have to make a supplemental run of proofs, the Philadelphia Mint struck 1,000 pieces early in 1861. As it turned out, this number was overly optimistic, and no more than 400 were actually placed. The remainder were destroyed early in the following year.

This date is comparable in overall rarity to other proof half dollars of the period, with gems being quite elusive. A number of Cameo examples have been certified, and these are extremely rare at the gem level (PF 65 and higher).

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 4/5/2019

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1861 50C PF
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - 500 - - 650 975 1310 2150 3850 6800 13000 28000 - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 4250 8200 - - -
1861 50C PF Cameo
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Base $ - - - - - - - - - - - - 2450 4900 10750 22000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 5500 - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 108
Low Grade: 58
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

The chart showing 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series, 67 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1861 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base----------13111324231761---99
-----------------11---2
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Total----------13111324231772---101
 ----------1 %3 %11 %13 %24 %23 %17 %7 %2 %--- 
1861 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base--------------1323----9
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Total--------------1323----9
 --------------11 %33 %22 %33 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/10/2000 NGC PF 64   Heritage Auctions 2000 June Long Beach Signature Sale #230, 230/Lot# 7368 $2,415.00
5/31/2004 PCGS PF 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 733 $1,840.00
3/12/2006 PCGS PF 63   Teletrade Auction 2173, 2173/Lot# 1215 $1,036.00
8/11/2011 PCGS PF 66   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(5), 1158/Lot# 7179 $9,200.00
8/11/2011 PCGS PF 63   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 4021 $1,495.00
1/6/2013 PCGS PF 63   Cameo David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 733, 742/Lot# 127 $2,300.00
4/24/2013 NGC PF 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2224 $1,292.50
3/28/2014 NGC PF 65   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5378 $4,553.13
7/17/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 4393 $1,057.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1861 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14891533157916261673172217711821187319261980203422162409261435645447725876548065875611182
1504154815951642168917381788183818911944199820952280247729314192605173907791829595650
0000001788183818911944199820952280247729314192605173907791829500
0000001804185619081962201621552345254632474819665475227928852600
1861 50C PF Ultra Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base161316591708175718081859191119642019207521322189238125842801379857677654806598691426620950
162816751724177418251876192919822038209421512253244926563133445463967791866611335164940
00000019291982203820942151225324492656313344546396779186661133500
00000019462001205621132170231725162729346651117025792892681280000
1861 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base8779069389691001103410671103113812891328136915051776240132704431565684288869961012203
8879179489801012104510791115118813021342141415951984269136574839658085759116104740
0000001079111511881302134214141595198426913657483965808575911600
0000001091112612391315135514601686219329804044524875048722936300
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Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 7258
Owner: First Strike Society
 
Grade: PF 66 CA
Points: 7258
Owner: SLUGGO
 
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