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: $7.62 (4/20/2014)
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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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1842 O MED DATE 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 55.00 80.00 110 225 225 375 450 635 825 1100 1450 2350 4500 9200 25000 - - - - -
$ 275 425 500 700 900 1200 1600 2950 5000 17600 28000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 57
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67


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4/27/2014 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4391
4/27/2014   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 9638


Auction Prices Realized

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8/29/2005 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #51, 56/Lot# 924 $488.75
1/1/2006 PCGS MS 63   Teletrade Auction 2139, 2139/Lot# 1257 $4,592.00
8/2/2012 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(4), 1173/Lot# 5151 $17,625.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13195 $7,343.75
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
11/15/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34504 $470.00
3/2/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28401 $121.03


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 O MED DATE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base163891551903044696099261098132014501799240130804111481763247947180682852245440
21711111662283595157149831172136315661999262734234346531968651132021552341610
000000515714983117213631566199926273423434653196865113202155200
0000005628201040124614061682220028533767458158217406146942503700
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Grade: MS 67
Points: 7947
Owner: yeoldeone
 
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