Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 401,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $7.88 (7/31/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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Description & Analysis

Production of half dollars was healthy at New Orleans in 1841, with just over 400,000 pieces struck. This number is higher than Philadelphia's output in the same year, an indication of the thriving demand for coinage in the bustling Southern port city. The same high demand that led to the creation of so many halves, however, also caused the vast majority of them to disappear into circulation channels, and most of the survivors known today exhibit substantial wear. Only a handful of high-end Mint State pieces are available to 21st century collectors.

Like Charlotte and Dahlonega, the New Orleans Mint also experienced production difficulties early in its existence. Dies were used until they cracked dramatically, and various striking issues abound. Wiley and Bugert cite examples with iron fragments struck into their surfaces.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 104
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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7/30/2001 NGC MS 63   Teletrade Auction 1466, 1466/Lot# 1482 $945.00
10/5/2004 NGC XF 45   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #24102, 24102/Lot# 11738 $170.20
8/24/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 404, 410/Lot# 525 $517.50
2/28/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3294 $546.25
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1329 $1,437.50
6/5/2013 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 8194 $411.25
2/16/2014 NGC VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 171982 $55.00
2/27/2014 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7676 $763.75


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