1861-O 50C MS (PCGS# 6303)
The November 2010 Baltimore Auction
Auctioneer: Bowers & Merena
Lot Number: 2036
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Iridescent toning in powder-blue, pale-pink and silver-apricot colors blankets both sides with a target-like distribution. The luster is satiny and full, if a bit subdued, and the strike is bold-to-sharp throughout. One of the most eagerly sought issues in the New Orleans Mint Seated Half Dollar series, the final-year 1861-O was struck under the authority of three different governments. With no obverse die cracks and no die defect lines on the reverse at the uppermost olive berry, the present example is probably attributable to either the United States or the State of Louisiana.