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1861 Confederate States of America RESTRIKE 50cMS-63 by PCGS

Early in 1861, the Confederacy took over the U.S. branch mint in New Orleans. Union Officers were forced to swear allegiance to the Confederate States of America. Dr. B.F. Taylor became the Chief Coiner. After its establishment, the mint kept using Union dies to make half dollars which, for the most part, were very similar to the Union coinage. In April, Confederate Secretary of the Treasury C.G. Memminger requested that designs be submitted for half dollars. He approved the Union obverse combined with the CSA coat of arms and a few proofs were made with a cracked Union die.

When the Mint was retaken by the Union, Dr. Taylor kept one of the proofs as well as the reverse CSA die. In 1879 Taylor sold them to a dealer who resold them to J.W. Scott. Scott polished the Confederate reverse die to remove some of the rust that had accumulated and paired it with a new die that gave a brief explanation of the history. After these pieces were struck, he obtained 500 Seated half dollars dated 1861 (ostensibly from the New Orleans mint), planed off the reverse of each coin, and struck 500 examples with the regular Seated half dollar design on the obverse and the Confederate half design on the reverse. The obverse was slightly flattened on each resulting example (hence the restrikes are graded by the reverse only), but collectors could then obtain a specimen with the same obverse and reverse designs struck from the same reverse die originally intended for a proposed Confederate coinage. They are attributed as B-8003.

As the four original specimens struck in 1861 seldom appear on the market and are high priced rarities, most collectors will never own one and only a lucky few ever have the chance to even see one. The restrikes represent a relatively affordable opportunity to own a prized example, struck from the original Confederate die, of what "might have been" had the Confederacy proceeded with its original coinage plans. The restrikes have earned their place as highly desirable numismatic items, and these two attractive specimens certainly ranks desirable numismatic items, and these two attractive specimens certainly ranks among the most interesting. Call your Account Representative now for more exciting details about these historic pieces.

Confederate States of America, Restrike. Only 500 Minted from original dies! The existence of the Originals wasn't even known until the Restrikes were produced. With only 4 originals known at a price of over $1,000,000 each, the Restrikes are the only available examples of the Confederacy's largest coin.

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1861 Confederate States of America RESTRIKE 50cMS-63 by NGC

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