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Obverse of 1861-C Half Eagle      Reverse of 1861-C Half Eagle


PCGS No: 8289


Circulation strikes: 6,879
Proofs: 0

Designer: Christian Gobrecht

Diameter: 21.65 millimeters

Metal content:
Gold - 90%
Other - 10%

Weight: 129 grains (8.24 grams)

Edge: Reeded

Mintmark: "C" (for Charlotte, NC) below the eagle on the reverse

Images courtesy of Superior Galleries

Significant examples:
PCGS MS-61.  Ex - Bowers & Merena Galleries' "The Cabinet of Lucien M. LaRiviere, Part II", March 15-17, 2001, Lot 143 sold for $18,975.00

NGC AU-58 (illustrated above).  Superior Galleries' "Pre-Long Beach" Sale, June 5-7, 2000, Lot 2210 sold for $12,075.00 "to the book"

PCGS AU-58.  Part of the "North Georgia Collection" of Southern Gold coins in January, 1999 by Heritage Numismatic Auctions.

Recent appearances:
PCGS AU-53.  Ex- Heritage Numismatic Auctions, Inc.'s "October 2000 Long Beach Sale" October 5-7, 2000, Lot 7602, illustrated, not sold  From the Judge Thomas Butt Collection

NGC AU-53.  Ex - Ira & Larry Goldberg Coin & Collectibles' "The Fairchild Family Trust Collection Sale", May 28-30, 2001, Lot 1401, illustrated, sold for $6,037.00

About Uncirculated.  Ex - Stack's "65th Anniversary Sale", October 17-19, 2000, Lot 1744, plated, sold for $6,210.00

The finest example graded by PCGS is a single MS-63.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
"Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins" by Walter Breen

"The PCGS Population Report, July 2003" by The Professional Coin Grading Service