1861-O 50C AU55

CERTIFICATION#: -32413
PCGS#: 6303

Owner's Comments

Estimated grade. Sold by David Akers Numismatics May '98 Price realized $247.5

Expert Comments

Ron Guth: In a survey of the members of the Liberty Seated Collectors Club, published in the March 2008 issue of the Gobrecht Journal, the 1861-O Half Dollar was ranked ninth among the Ten Greatest New Orleans Seated Coins: "This issue had the highest mintage of the New Orleans mint coins under consideration for this listing but it was the last Seated coin struck at this branch mint before it was taken over by the Confederacy.  Examples of this issue are in demand as the only collectible coin struck by the CSA.  Many thousands exist and they can be obtained in all grades including mint state.  Randy Wiley described 14 collectible die marriages for this date in Issue #94 of the journal and this group of coins would make a nice set in itself for the Seated half dollar specialist.  Of particular interest would be the existence of some 1861-O proof coins that were listed by Randy Wiley in Issue #97 of the journal.  Most recently an example described as Brilliant Proof was sold for $17,250 in the Stack's auction of the Byers Collection in October 2006.  This issue received scattered support from the respondents, most likely a function of a member's interest in the Civil War and the coins struck during this period in US history."

Diameter: 30.00 millimeters Designer: Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht Edge: Reeded
Mintage: 2,532,633 Weight: 12.40 grams Metal Content: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
2
26
3
3
29
5
12
69
2
45+
200
50+
325
53+
380
55+
420
58+
520
62+
875
63+
1,425
64+
2,900
1
65+
7,750
66+
23,000
1

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades Survival Estimate Numismatic Rarity Relative Rarity by Type Relative Rarity by Series
All Grades 2,500 R-4.5 63 / 66 111 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 250 R-6.6 63 / 66 108 / 126 TIE
65 or Better 20 R-9.1 41 / 66 TIE 73 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66+ PCGS grade High Desert Collection (PCGS Set Registry)
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade  
1 MS66 PCGS grade