Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: San Francisco
Mintage: 60,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.23 (10/19/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS obverse 1866 S NO MOTTO 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

One of the rarest of all Seated halves with only 60,000 pieces minted. In the large Guatemala hoard of Civil War S-mint halves that was discovered in the mid-1950s, there were no 1866-S coins, indicating that they were not hoarded. As a result, survivors are elusive in all grades with no more than 4 or 5 that exist in mint condition.

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 71
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: VF
High Grade: 67


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2/5/2006 PCGS AU 50   Goldberg February 5-8, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 34/Lot# 1483 $2,760.00
8/11/2011 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(2), 1158/Lot# 3993 $1,955.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7090 $12,650.00
12/11/2011 NGC G 6   Teletrade Auction 3187, 3187/Lot# 2387 $437.00
7/12/2012 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(1), 1172/Lot# 3723 $1,035.00
12/9/2012 PCGS FA 2   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 89641 $302.50
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 120 $540.00
6/23/2014 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 23 The Eugene H. Gardner Collection of US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1213/Lot# 30508 $70,500.00
1/4/2017 PCGS F 15   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(7), 1251/Lot# 9722 $822.50


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