1861 Seated 50C (1861 Half Dollar) ANACS VF35. This Civil War dated Seated Liberty 1861 Half Dollar has light devices set against darker fields, although the obverse is in total darker than the reverse. The grade of VF35 is confirmed by a full LIBERTY with the L and I being especially sharp. Most of the stars have detailed centers indicating an almost full obverse strike.
The obverse depicts Liberty seated looking over her shoulder to the left. She balances the Union Shield inscribed LIBERTY with her right hand and holds a staff on which is placed a Phrygian cap in her left. There are seven stars to the left and six to the right interrupted by her head and the capped pole. The dated is below. The reverse shows the heraldic eagle looking left. It is surrounded by the required inscription and the denomination written as HALF DOL. below. Dentils are around the periphery of both sides.
The 1861 is a Variety 1 type (resumed) with a weight standard of Variety 2, 12.44 grams. The various varieties of the Liberty Seated half dollar were used mostly to show changes in weight.
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