Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 3,688,000
Catalog: KM-82
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $7.09 (4/18/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1855 O ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1855 O ARROWS 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Second and final year of the arrows at date design motif that signified a weight change in half dollars from 206.25 grains to 192 grains. The 1855-O had a substantial mintage of 3.68 million pieces, and for a New Orleans issue there were a surprising number of Mint State coins that were set aside, with some 200 pieces probably extant today in the various grades of Uncirculated.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1855 O ARROWS 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 52.00 72.00 88.00 180 180 350 400 450 555 700 835 1325 1875 3275 8800 23000 52500 - - -
$ 205 380 450 500 605 765 925 1450 2075 3500 10500 26000 57500 -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 469
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


Upcoming Auctions

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4/27/2014 MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1204/Lot# 4406
4/27/2014 AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 9663


Auction Prices Realized

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5/5/2004 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2004 May (CSNS) Signature Sale #346, 346/Lot# 7417 $5,520.00
9/1/2004 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 1930, 1930/Lot# 1417 $330.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 943 $517.50
2/1/2009 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 1-4, 2009 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 51/Lot# 959 $2,760.00
12/19/2010 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 210124/Lot# 26669 $89.00
8/15/2011 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7051 $1,840.00
6/9/2013 NGC VF 25   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131325/Lot# 22250 $80.00
11/17/2013 PCGS MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 11/17/2013, 101/Lot# 152108 $1,508.10
2/27/2014 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3502 $1,762.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 O ARROWS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1819414718333651566380088299610661303160919362489415749589789152922413238435
2785111159234395564708827920101911451405171821203045442465681162318238288990
00000056470882792010191145140517182120304544246568116231823800
00000061375485495810421224150718272304360146918178134572118500
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1152
Owner: bigpep1
 
Grade: AU 50
Points: 663
Owner: Jackson
 
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