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SERIES: Liberty Seated Half Dollars 1839-1891
LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

1861 50C (Regular Strike)

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PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66+

PCGS MS66
PCGS #:
6302
Diameter:
30.00 millimeters
Designer:
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Weight:
12.40 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
2,887,400
Metal Content:
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Auction Record:
$18,975 • PCGS MS66 • 12-8-2011 • Heritage
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Rarity and Survival Estimates (Explain)
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Relative Rarity
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All Grades 4,000 R-4.2 66 / 66 123 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 500 R-6.0 65 / 66 121 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 50 R-8.5 45 / 66 93 / 126 TIE
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Ron Guth: In 1861, Philadelphia Mint employees struck over nearly three million Half Dollars, a large number for this early Civil War date and the beginning of a steady decline in mintages in subsequent years.  The 1861 Half Dollar is plentiful in most grades, including Mint State, where collectors have lots of choices in the MS61 to MS66 grade range.  Even at the very highest levels of MS66+ there are several examples that are surprisingly good values for a "Finest Known" coin.

The strike quality on 1861 Half Dollars is generally strong.  Luster ranges from brilliant to frosty and creamy.  Bagmarks are usually limited and small.  Many examples show above-average eye appeal for their respective grade.