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 (10/21/2017)
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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Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
2/23/2005 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 7063 $488.75
12/28/2009 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 440, 446/Lot# 429 $1,955.00
9/4/2011 NGC Details AU Details  Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1261 $414.00
7/12/2012 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1172/Lot# 8588 $1,725.00
7/22/2012 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 3315, 3315/Lot# 1724 $675.00
8/12/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131234/Lot# 24970 $117.50
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 12420 $5,581.25
11/15/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33732 $17,625.00
7/6/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 195227 $250.00


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