Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 40,000
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $15.24 (4/21/2014)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1850 O S$1 MS obverse 1850 O S$1 MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Just four different dates of Seated Liberty Dollars were coined in New Orleans, and these were produced in 1846, 1850, 1859, and 1860. Of this brief series, the 1850-O issue had the lowest mintage with just 40,000 coins struck. Total production for all four issues was 974,000 coins. It is only thanks to a hoard of 1859 and 1860 dollars that type collectors can easily obtain a Mint State example for their New Orleans type sets. Advanced Liberty Seated specialists have a much more difficult road to travel, even if just collecting the New Orleans issues. The 1846-O Seated Dollar is quite elusive in Mint State grades, and this 1850-O issue is clearly the rarest of all. In his Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, Dave Bowers summed it up nicely: 'If you want a Mint State 1850-O dollar for your collection, I suggest that you compromise and acquire an EF or AU instead, at least as an interim strategy, for it may be years, if ever, until you can buy a nice Mint State coin. Examples are few and far between.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 12/16/2013

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1850 O S$1 MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 325 400 510 950 1585 1585 3750 4100 5300 6750 12250 13750 19000 29500 87500 172500 - - - - -
$ 1700 4200 4500 5800 7750 13750 15250 21000 37500 97500 190000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 140
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1689 $3,105.00
1/9/2006 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2143, 2143/Lot# 1471 $1,288.00
4/28/2009 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2009 April-May Cincinnati, OH (CSNS) US Coin Auction #1124, 1124/Lot# 2575 $21,850.00
8/15/2011 NGC XF 40   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 3048 $920.00
11/29/2012 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(5), 1177/Lot# 9653 $822.50
2/7/2013 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 February 7 -8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(1), 1182/Lot# 3601 $3,055.00
4/7/2013 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/07/2013, 69/Lot# 104933 $2,933.70
2/27/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3624 $969.38
2/27/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3622 $763.75


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base34375276951066155821062525306633653754398444314946565669519415217593401153704855801
14746758381812301740224527053165349438304133460251826087777213529258434057564329855800
00000022452705316534943830413346025182608777721352925843405756432900
00000023852885326536243907428247745419651985931764429927471397495400
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 6951
Owner: Lafitte Coin Company
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 4946
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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