½ Dollar "Seated Liberty Half Dollar" without date arrows

Features

Issuer United States
Period Federal republic (1776-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1856-1866
Value 1/2 Dollar = 50 Cents (0.50 USD)
Currency Dollar (1785-date)
Composition Silver (.900)
Weight 12.44 g
Diameter 30.6 mm
Thickness 2.15 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Coin alignment ↑↓
Number N# 14904
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# A68
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

A seated bust of Liberty folding a Union shield with the date below

Lettering:
******* ******
1860

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.

Reverse

An eagle with the denomination below

Lettering:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
HALF DOL.

Translation:
United States of America
Half Dollar

Engraver: Christian Gobrecht

Christian Gobrecht was the third Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1840 until his death in 1844. He was responsible for designing the famous "Seated Liberty" designs, which were in turn the direct inspiration for the design of the Trade Dollar.

Edge

Reeded

Mints

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)

Comments

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.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1856  938 000 7%
1856  0.6% Proof
1856 O 2 658 000 $ 70 14%
1856 S 211 000 0.9%
1857  1 988 000 8%
1857  0.6% Proof
1857 O 818 000 4%
1857 S 158 000 0.9%
1858  4 226 000 14%
1858  1.7% Proof
1858 O 7 294 000 $ 20 $ 47 $ 46 $ 99 31%
1858 S 476 000 3%
1859  748 000 3%
1859  0.6% Proof
1859 O 2 834 000 $ 97 10%
1859 S 566 000 1.7%
1860  303 700 1.5%
1860  0.6% Proof
1860 O 1 290 000 4%
1860 S 472 000 3%
1861  2 888 400 $ 87 $ 93 11%
1861  0.9% Proof
1861 O 2 532 633 8%
1861 S 939 500 4%
1862  253 550 0.9%
1862  0.3% Proof
1862 S 1 352 000 $ 42 8%
1863  503 660 3%
1863  0.6% Proof
1863 S 916 000 3%
1864  379 570 2%
1864  0.6% Proof
1864 S 658 000 3%
1865  511 900 1.5%
1865  0.6% Proof
1865 S 675 000 2%
1866  1 0.9% Proof
1866 S 60 000 1.5%

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