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.

 

PCGS #
6302
Designer
Thomas Sully/Christian Gobrecht
Edge
Reeded
Diameter
30.00 millimeters
Weight
12.40 grams
Mintage
2887400
Metal
90% Silver, 10% Copper
Pop Higher
283
Pop Lower
466
Region
The United States of America
Price Guide
PCGS Population
Auctions - PCGS Graded
Auctions - NGC Graded

Rarity and Survival Estimates Learn More

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

Condition Census Learn More

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
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade
MS66 PCGS grade #1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade
#1 MS66 PCGS grade