PCGS 8289 - 1861-C $5
The 1861-C Half Eagle represented the swan-song for the Charlotte mint and was the only denomination struck during that year. Production again plummeted siginificantly from 14,813 in 1860 to under 7,000 pieces. Some of this total are believed to have been struck under the auspices of the Confederate government, following seizure of the mint by CSA forces. Accordingly, this is one of the most popular coins minted at Charlotte due to its connection, in part, with the Civil War. Most surviving examples are known to exhibit deep, detracting marks on both obverse and reverse due to mishandling and the rigors of circulation.
Recorded mintage: 6,879.
Specification: 21.6 mm diameter, 8.359 g, .900 fine gold, .2418 troy oz AGW, reeded edge.
- Harper, David C. [Ed.], North American Coins & Prices, 17th Ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2007.
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