Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,290,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.15 (10/18/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1861 S 50C MS obverse 1861 S 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

1861 is the only Civil War year in which the Philadelphia Mint bested its San Francisco counterpart in the area of half dollar production. The latter registered a total mintage of only 939,500 pieces, most of which undoubtedly saw extensive circulation.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1861 S 50C MS
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Base $ 50.00 70.00 80.00 135 290 475 535 685 1000 1250 1450 2200 3300 5250 15500 27500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 101
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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10/20/1997 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 0990, 990/Lot# 1577 $283.40
7/31/2009 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2009 August Los Angeles, CA US Coin Auction #1128, 1128/Lot# 8024 $690.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1261 $414.00
11/24/2013 PCGS Genuine VG   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/24/2013, 102/Lot# 152394 $55.00
1/19/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131404/Lot# 26601 $317.25
8/8/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21307 $188.00
6/14/2015 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131525/Lot# 27546 $376.00


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