Federal republic (1776-date)
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Value||1/2 Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)|
|Orientation||Coin alignment ↑↓|
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
A seated bust of Liberty folding a Union shield with the date below
An eagle with the denomination below
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
United States of America
|United States Mint, Philadelphia, United States (1792-date)|
|O||United States Mint, New Orleans, United States|
|S||United States Mint, San Francisco, United States (1854-date)|
Info about the 1861-O half dollar:
Over 2.532 million half dollars were struck in the New Orleans Mint in the first half of 1861, using dies prepared in Philadelphia and sent to New Orleans in December 1860. Only 330,000 were struck while the New Orleans Mint was under U. S. control (January 1861). Over 962 thousand were struck after Louisiana joined the Confederacy. There were another 1.24 million that were struck after Louisiana left the Union, but before they joined the Confederacy. However, at least one source has indicated that even those were struck with the approval/permission of the Confederate Government.
Since the coins were struck with U.S. Mint dies, to the standards of U.S. coins (and using the same staff that had worked for the Mint under U. S. control!), the U. S. decided to permit the coins to remain in circulation after the Civil War.
A sequence of die usage has been researched, which indicates which coins were struck under U.S. control. (On average, only 1 of 8 pieces was minted for the U.S. ) The U.S. die used for one side of the Confederate shield half dollars was also paired with a U.S. reverse die, which can be identified by a die crack on the coin.
|1856 O||2 658 000||$ 70||14%|
|1856 S||211 000||0.9%|
|1857||1 988 000||8%|
|1857 O||818 000||4%|
|1857 S||158 000||0.9%|
|1858||4 226 000||14%|
|1858 O||7 294 000||$ 20||$ 47||$ 46||$ 99||31%|
|1858 S||476 000||3%|
|1859 O||2 834 000||$ 97||10%|
|1859 S||566 000||1.7%|
|1860 O||1 290 000||4%|
|1860 S||472 000||3%|
|1861||2 888 400||$ 87||$ 93||11%|
|1861 O||2 532 633||8%|
|1861 S||939 500||4%|
|1862 S||1 352 000||$ 42||8%|
|1863 S||916 000||3%|
|1864 S||658 000||3%|
|1865 S||675 000||2%|
|1866 S||60 000||1.5%|
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