1861 Seated 50C (1861 Half Dollar) ANACS F12. Seated Half Dollar. This Civil War dated Liberty Seated 1861 Half Dollar has all seven letters of the word LIBERTY visible, confirming the grade. The coin has light devices with darker toning in protected areas and near the rim, especially so on the obverse. The colors seen are silver-grey, tan, brown, and russet.
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.
The obverse depicts Liberty seated holding Union shield in her right hand and a pole with a liberty cap in her left as she looks over her right shoulder. The reverse shows a heraldic eagle looking left. In its talons are arrows and olive branch, the symbols of preparedness and peace. The denomination HALF DOL. is below the eagle.