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1861 Half Dime Obverse       1861 Half Dime Reverse
 


1861 HALF DIME

PCGS Nos: 4379, 4380, 4444

Mintage:

Circulation strikes: 3,361,000
Proofs: 
1,000

Designer: Obverse by Thomas Sully, executed by Christian Gobrecht, modified by Robert Ball Hughes, modified by James B. Longacre; Reverse by James B. Longacre

Diameter: 15.9 millimeters

Metal content:
Silver - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 19 grains (1.2 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: None (for Philadelphia, PA) below DIME on the reverse

Images courtesy of the Professional Coin Grading Service

Varieties:
1861/O

Recent appearances:
PCGS Proof-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 167, sold for $1,207.50

PCGS Proof-63.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1476, sold for $322.00

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3025

NGC MS-65.  Ex - Superior Galleries "The ANA 2001 National Money Show Auction", March 8-9, 2001, Lot 168, sold for $575.00

NGC MS-64.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 1475, "Overdate", sold for $747.50

PCGS MS-64.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Long Beach Signature Sale", May 31-June 2, 2001, Lot 7978, not illustrated, sold for $373.75  From the Collection of Dr. Joseph M. Seventko

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach Sale", October 1-3, 2000, Lot 3026

PCGS MS-63.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6897, "1861/0", not illustrated, sold for $747.50

PCGS MS-62.  Ex - Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "Philadelphia 2000 Signature Sale", August 6-7, 2000, Lot 6896, not illustrated, sold for $115.00

Brilliant Uncirculated.  Ex- Stack's "The September Sale", September 12-13, 2000, Lot 293, sold for $345.00

PCGS AU-58, Premium Quality.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, Inc.'s "Benson Collection, Part I", February 16, 18-20, 2001, Lot 1551, not illustrated, sold for $195.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 460, "1861/0, Valentine 6", not plated, sold for $253.00

Notes:
The finest Uncirculated example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Uncirculated "1861/0" example graded by PCGS is a single MS-67.

The finest Proof example graded by PCGS is a single PR-67.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"The PCGS Population Report, October 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service


 

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