The 1861-O Liberty Seated Half Dollar represents one of the most historically significant issues in US coinage. The 1861-O half dollar was minted under the auspices of the United States of America at the outset of 1861. Following the secession of Louisiana on January 26, 1861, the issue was coined under the authority of the Republic of Louisiana, and finally after Louisiana joined the Confederacy, the issue was minted under the authority of the Confederate States of America (CSA) until suspension of coining operations in April of 1861.
This example of an 1861-O Seated Liberty Half dollar (W-09 die pair) was minted by the Confederate States of America in the early months of 1861. This example is graded VF25 and retains its original surfaces. Only four examples of the W-09 CSA die pair grade finer at PCGS. Being the first die pair of the CSA issues, this coin was minted just days following Louisiana's joining of the Confederate States of America on March 21, 1861. Coinage was scarce in the Confederate South, and the well-worn surfaces of this historical beauty bear testament to its lengthy circulation in the economy of the Confederacy and later through the economic reconstruction of the South.
Learn more about the 1861-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar and its place in history here: Secession & Seizure: The Story of the 1861-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar - Nustoria
Composition: 90% Silver, 10% Copper
Weight: 12.44 grams
Diameter: 30.6 mm
Designer: Christian Gobrecht