Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,658,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.55 (7/14/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 O 50C MS obverse 1856 O 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While its quarter counterpart has earned the respect of advanced collectors, the 1856-O Liberty Seated half dollar is often referred to as one of the more common silver issues of the late 1850s. With a sizeable mintage of 2,658,000 pieces, this conclusion certainly holds true through the lower Mint State grade levels.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1856 O 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 50.00 65.00 85.00 175 175 280 320 435 510 585 685 925 1350 2600 7750 14500 - - - -
$ 190 310 350 475 560 635 750 1000 1450 4400 8600 16000 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 268
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 58
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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3/4/1996 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 0820, 820/Lot# 453 $130.80
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1246 $718.75
7/18/2005 NGC PR 1   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #46, 50/Lot# 1911 $805.00
7/7/2011 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 8357 $546.25
8/15/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 10325 $920.00
12/8/2011 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 December 8-11 US Coins Signature Auction- New York Session(4), 1162/Lot# 8436 $253.00
1/29/2012 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 01/29/2012, 5/Lot# 35079 $45.01
11/15/2013 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1190/Lot# 33728 $22,325.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16389147163288409515627695789847908106613752169401655639178145212318237310
2171108152204328444552649726808867960116916392784453167681095917408278910
00000044455264972680886796011691639278445316768109591740800
000000479589672757827887101312721904340050477973127402029500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 5563
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 1002
Owner: Robert Baker Trust
 
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