1861-O 50C MS (PCGS# 6303)
The May 2013 ANA National Money Show
Lot Number: 375
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The 1861-O half dollar represents the final issue from New Orleans within the design type; the mint was closed in 1861 owing to the Civil War and was not re-opened until 1879, but no half dollars were forthcoming until the 1892-O Barber coinage. Full mint brilliance with a whisper of pale champagne-gold engages both sides, and bold luster completes the picture. Nicely struck and choice for the grade with no major marks present.