1861-O 50C MS (PCGS# 6303)
Lot Number: 7075
Desirable for the near gem grade and beautiful toning of teal and gold around the rims, lighter silver centers. Ample luster to please the eye and strike is strong on all but a few of the uppermost stars that lack their radials. Minor scuffs from handling and a nick or two from bag shipping, but far nicer than usually encountered for this date and mint. After all, these coins were struck by three possible entities, all within a few months of each other, the United States, the State of Louisiana and then the Confederate States of America with recorded mintages as follows: United States coined 330,000; State of Louisiana coined 1,240,000 in March, in April the Confederate States of America struck 962,633 pieces. Most of these can not be determined under who's authority brought about their issue, but certainly the majority were not coined for the United States. Historically significant, numismatically important and artistically beautiful—all a collector could hope to find in an 1861-O half dollar.