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Rare – 1861 Half Dollar made in the Confederate State of Louisiana (SOLD)

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This is another nice piece being offered, it is a U.S. 1861 Seated Liberty half dollar. Under the eagle is the desirable mint mark “O”, indicating that it was made at the New Orleans Mint in Louisiana.

On January 26th, 1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union, however, nobody informed the US mint in New Orleans to stop minting coins. So, they continued to make half dollars under Confederate management till late in the year when the dies broke. All told 2,532,633 were made, so most were made in the Confederacy.

Later in the year some cracks appeared in the dies and these are easily identified as Confederate-made. Most of those examples have the small crack going from the rim to the head of Lady Liberty. Actually, this coin also has a small crack, but it is two stars over from the head of Lady Liberty (see closeup pic). However, I am not positive that this is a die crack. Examples of the 1861 Half-Dollar with no die cracks evident are a toss-up as to precisely when they were made.

It is said that all production of these stopped as of April 1st, 1861. To have made 2,532,633 in that short of a time, there had to have been multiple if not many dies. The dies were furnished by the US mint in Philadelphia so when they became unserviceable there were no more to be had.

Either way, this was a coin that was produced in a Confederate State. This coin did see extended use but the date, mint mark and just about all of the printing is visible. In my book "The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items", I go into more detail about soldiers and their money (see pictures).These war-dated coins make a nice addition to a soldier's personal effects display. This is a great piece of Civil War history and would make a great addition to any collection.

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