Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,290,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.44g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.74 (8/28/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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1861 S 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 96
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 67


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12/27/2010 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 2985, 2985/Lot# 1421 $74.75
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
8/8/2014 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21307 $188.00
8/31/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 195227 $250.00
11/10/2015 PCGS VF 25   Stack's Bowers November 2015 Baltimore, 6110/Lot# 26077 $117.50


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