Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 818,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.48 (7/26/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1857 O 50C MS obverse 1857 O 50C MS reverse


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Description & Analysis

The 1857-O Half Dollar meets all the requirements of a classic condition rarity. Its mintage of 818,000 pieces is a bit lower than some of its New Orleans Mint contemporaries, but hardly small enough to signal anything out of the ordinary, and its relative availability in circulated condition continues through the XF grade level. However, demand for silver coinage must have been very high in the Antebellum South, as precious few examples appear to have survived in AU and Uncirculated grades.

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Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1857 O 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 38.00 55.00 65.00 115 260 260 325 375 600 925 1250 1650 2350 4350 6850 17000 - - - - -
$ 290 355 425 675 1025 1375 1800 2575 4750 9400 19000 - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 70
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65


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5/27/2009 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2009 May Long Beach, CA Signature US Coin Auction #1125, 1125/Lot# 7852 $253.00
3/19/2012 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3244, 3244/Lot# 1262 $220.00
5/30/2012 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2700 $3,818.75
5/27/2012 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 609 $609.50
6/16/2013 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 121679 $93.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4158 $9,400.00
1/19/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131404/Lot# 26158 $141.00
3/30/2014 PCGS MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 797, 806/Lot# 118 $5,775.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1638914716328840951586710511285142117992197261432384141574712252194103102649991
21711081522043284446329281129133015471931233628223539467679151463823282373470
000000444632928112913301547193123362822353946767915146382328200
0000004797499891207137516732064247530303840521110083170242715400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1285
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
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