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   Patterson pattern for the

Confederate issue of 1861





































































































































              From the wreck of paddlewheeler S.S. Republic

                              (lost October 25, 1865 off the Georgia coast)


                                Silver Half Dollars struck by the

             Confederate States of America in April 1861



A complete set of the 4 varieties of half dollars struck by the Confederate mint at New Orleans in its short-lived (6 week) existence, including the very rare WB103/104 variety.  Prepared by Odyssey International in 2009 from its research collection (as explained by Odyssey President Gregg Stem in the personally signed certificate shown below).  Fifty (actually only 42) special sets were prepared and certified by NGC. The sets sold out at their issue price of $3995 in a few weeks.

This set is in its original custom wooden box with DVD and special cert.



In February 1862 President Jefferson Davis approved the establishment of a Confederate mint at New Orleans. On February 28th the former Federal mint at New Orleans passed into Confederate hands. Within a month CSA Secretary of State Chris Memminger ordered new designs for a Confederate half dollar submitted for approval. A.H. Patterson, a novice die engraver in New Orleans, quickly produced a high-relief reverse die featuring a shield with 7 stars (for the states that had then seceded) and a bold Confederate States of America legend. Four examples were struck at the mint using this new reverse die and a Federal 1861 obverse. One was sent to Jefferson Davis for approval. In the meantime Memminger directed the Confederate officials at New Orleans to continue strking half dollars with the dies and bullion available. Three sets of Federal dies remained serviceable and produced half dollars until the bullion was exhausted late in the month. On April 30th Memminger ordered the mint to close temporarily until new supplies of silver bullion could be secured. The temporary closure unhappily turned out to be permanent as the Union blockade of Southern ports, especially New Orleans, brought commerce in New Orleans almost to a halt. No bullion could be imported to resume the Confederacy's only silver coinage. The Confederate mint at New Orleans never re-opened.



This is a close-up view of the first coin in set (WB 102 on the right side). It is struck from the same Federal die that was used with Peterson's new Confederate reverse to produce the four patterns sent to Confederate government. Notice the small die crack extending upward from Miss Liberty's nose to the rim. This is the key to identifying the Confederate issues of 1861. Any coins showing a more advanced state of this crack were obviously struck later than Peterson's patterns. Likewise any half dollar showing a more worn reverse than on this coin was also struck later. It is now clear that 4 varieties of half dollars, WB102-WB10/104, were used to strike thefinal issues of Confederate silver in April 1861.of half dollar









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