Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 754,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.79 (9/22/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 O MED DATE 50C MS obverse 1842 O MED DATE 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Although the bulk of Half Dollar production at the New Orleans Mint went into the 1842-O Medium Date (as it is identified in the Guide Book), true Mint State survivors of this issue of 754,000 pieces are far more elusive than either the mintage would suggest or that prices guides indicate in MS60. Availability thins out even more drastically once Gem criteria is reached.

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Last Updated: 7/28/2014

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1842 O MED DATE 50C MS
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Base $ 40.00 55.00 80.00 110 225 225 375 450 635 825 1100 1450 2350 4500 9200 25000 - 41000 - - -
$ 275 425 500 700 900 1200 1600 2950 5000 17600 28000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 60
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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2/21/2002 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2002 February Long Beach Signature Sale #284, 284/Lot# 5793 $414.00
8/22/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #50, 55/Lot# 455 $1,725.00
5/28/2008 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2008 May Long Beach, CA Signature Auction #1108, 1108/Lot# 659 $34,500.00
11/3/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1996 $3,220.00
6/10/2012 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3291, 3291/Lot# 1734 $172.50
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2177 $2,937.50
1/19/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131404/Lot# 26144 $182.13
3/30/2014 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131414/Lot# 26137 $499.38
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7736 $558.13


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