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: $6.26 (5/29/2017)
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: 70
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
12/11/2011 NGC G 6   Teletrade Auction 3187, 3187/Lot# 2387 $437.00
10/18/2012 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2012 October 18-21 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(2), 1175/Lot# 4377 $646.25
12/9/2012 PCGS FA 2   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 12/09/2012, 52/Lot# 89641 $302.50
4/24/2013 PCGS VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1184/Lot# 8395 $587.50
7/27/2013 PCGS VF 30   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 2179 $1,645.00
1/8/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4509 $3,818.75
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 98   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 120 $540.00
10/10/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15236 $258.50
7/9/2015 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1222/Lot# 3966 $2,115.00


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