On January 26th, 1861, the State of Louisiana seceded from the Union and the New Orleans Mint was seized by Lousiana militia, and turned over to the Confederacy. The CSA Treasury Secretary quickly ordered that a new half-dollar be struck with a Confederate design. The chosen design featured Liberty surrounded by thirteen stars, backed by a shield with seven stars, representing the seceding States. Four of these magnificent coins were struck before the New Orleans Mint was recaptured by Union soldiers. One recently sold at auction for the staggering sum of $632,500.00! Now you can get your own copy of the 1861 Confederate Half Dollar as a privately minted, non-monetary Proof clad with 41 mg of .999 Pure Silver at a very collectable price.
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