Seated Half Dollars > 1861-S

[The following article is published courtesy of DLRC Press and its authors, Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert. This information was originally published in 1993 in The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars.]

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MINTAGE: 939,500

PROOFS: None.

VARIETIES:

  • Authors’ Research Effort: extensive
  • Number of Die Marriages Documented: 11
  • Number of Head Dies Identified: 8
  • Number of Tail Dies Identified: 5
  • Number of Collar Reed Counts Identified: 2 (139, 140)
  • Standard Diameter or Diameter Range: 1.210 to 1.215 inches
  • Number of Major Varieties: 2
  • WB-101. LARGE MINTMARK. (3 TAIL DIES)
    One of these tail dies is noted for a drastically shattered die state. (Breen-4907)
  • WB-102. MEDIUM MINTMARK. (2 TAIL DIES)
    This fairly common variety was strangely absent fiom Beistle [3] and thought to be rare. (Breen-4908)

COMMENTS:

  • All 1861-S Liberty Seated Half Dollars examined have been well struck. Except for a single head die with a “partial drapery” die state, all head dies have strong full draperies in all die states. All tail dies are from Tail Hub Variety 1.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • (See [16] pages 360-361 and [Gobrecht Journal issue 54] pages 48-49.)
  • For additional information on the Guatemala Hoard coins, see the Miscellaneous Notes section at the beginning of this chapter.

About Randy Wiley & Bill Bugert

The authors of "The Complete Guide to Liberty Seated Half Dollars", published by DLRC Press in 1993. This groundbreaking book was the first (and still the only) to offer an in-depth analysis and die variety study on the series. The books have been long out-of-print and are published now online for open access to all collectors.
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