Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Stewey99, Sep 13, 2020 at 3:15 PM.
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I'd be interested to know how they distinguish the 1861-O varieties by which minting authority (USA, LA, CSA) struck them.
Here is one I picked up this year. Not nearly so high grade as yours, but I like it for a nice wholesome circ example.
https://www.pcgs.com/coinfacts/coin/1861-o-50c-w-13-csa-issue-bisected-date/572147 The way they wrote it, I'm assuming something with a valid bisected date was a CSA issue.
As to sizing your images, there is an option you can select when you're making your post, right after you upload the images. Look for it. Maybe try to post an image in your next reply.
If you don't select full size, it defaults to thumbnail.
(I'd give you a screenshot, but that's challenging on my phone.)
Here’s one I had to compare
Just out of curiosity, how do we know that?
https://www.pcgs.com/news/new-orleans-mint-southern-coinage , not sure about relative scarcity
From the reverse image that Stewey99 posted it does appear to be the speared olive rev which makes it W-14.
Go to the Newman Numismatic Portal, under Periodicals search for The Gobrecht Journal. Year 2005, then issue 94, then for year 2006 issue 97. Isue 94 identifies the varieties and assigns them to the different issuing authorities, issue 97 goes into more detail about how the the assignments were made and some verification.
For more information on verities of seated half dollars you need the books by Bill Bugert. So far there are five volumes published Volume 1 on all of the San Francisco issues, Volume II on the Carson City issues, Volumes III and IV on the New Orleans issues, and Volume V on the first half of the Philadelphia issues (Volume 6 is yet to com). Bill has very generously but volumes I though IV online for free download. They can be found here
Yes I know it is a link, and not even a secure one, but it goes through the Liberty Seated Collectors Club website and I have not had any problems with it.
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