Owner's Comments

CAC

Expert Comments

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.

 

Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Mintage
2887400
Weight
12.40 grams
Metal Content
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Region
The United States of America
Pop Higher
283
Pop Lower
462
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates

Grades
65 or Better 4000 R-4.2 66 / 66 123 / 126 TIE
All Grades 500 R-6.0 65 / 66 121 / 126 TIE
60 or Better 50 R-8.5 45 / 66 93 / 126 TIE

Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade
1 MS66 PCGS grade