United States: Seated Liberty half dollar, No Motto type, 1861-O

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How interesting/appealing do you find this coin, whether or not you're an expert? (1=worst, 10=best)

  1. 10

    3 vote(s)
    12.5%
  2. 9

    1 vote(s)
    4.2%
  3. 8

    5 vote(s)
    20.8%
  4. 7

    3 vote(s)
    12.5%
  5. 6

    5 vote(s)
    20.8%
  6. 5

    2 vote(s)
    8.3%
  7. 4

    3 vote(s)
    12.5%
  8. 3

    1 vote(s)
    4.2%
  9. 2

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. 1

    1 vote(s)
    4.2%
  1. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    United States: Seated Liberty half dollar, No Motto type, 1861-O
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    Obverse: Seated Liberty design by Christian Gobrecht, date below.
    Reverse: bald eagle with Union shield, wings spread, clutching an olive branch and three arrows in its talons; "O" mintmark (New Orleans) below.
    Issuer: New Orleans Mint, under United States control, then the seceded State of Louisiana, and finally the Confederate States of America, during the course of 1861.
    Grade: PCGS F12; cert. #29718046.
    Reference: PCGS-6303, Numista-14904, KM-A68.
    Provenance: ex-David Lawrence Rare Coins, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA, 9 June 2020.*
    Notes: The 1861-O half dollar has an interesting place in US numismatic history because the same dies were used by three separate authorities in the course of a single year. First, 330,000 coins were struck while the New Orleans Mint was still under US government control, until January 26th of 1861. Then another 1,240,000 were struck by the State of Louisiana after its secession from the Union, but before it joined the Confederacy. Finally, 962,633 pieces were struck for the Confederate States government after Louisiana joined. So this particular date and mintmark combination is steeped in Civil War history.
    Comments: This coin has a few minor marks consistent with its rather modest technical grade, and some localized areas of weak strike on the reverse lettering, but it has excellent eye appeal for the grade, in my opinion. I wanted an affordable yet pleasing "budget" example of this historic date, and I think this one fits the bill nicely. It is also a CircCam, which you may notice is my favorite appearance for mid-grade circulated silver.
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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

  4. Robert Ransom

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  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    A great historical piece, Rob.

    My Seated Half.

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  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    That's a pretty nice '53-O. (And I like that it's an "O".) What's the slab grade? Looks like PCGS plastic. 40?
     
  7. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    VF30
     
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  8. chascat

    chascat Well-Known Member

    I voted a 5...not cleaned, good contrast.
     
  9. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    3: unappealing reverse
     
  10. Publius2

    Publius2 Well-Known Member

    A 6 and a nice coin
     
  11. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    That's a nice looking coin and a decent grade.
     
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  12. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I agree. The reverse is an example of where the silver tarnish has gone too far and has now become damage.
     
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  13. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    And the obverse is on the verge of the same.
     
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