Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 925,400
Catalog: KM-116
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $6.77 (9/15/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1909 O 50C MS obverse 1909 O 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Following the production of 3,958,600 coins in 1909, with a total face value of $1,040,400, the New Orleans Mint was closed for good. The building then served several years as an Assay Office. In later years the building served the Veterans Bureau from 1927 to 1930 and as a federal prison from 1932 to 1943, confining offenders of the national Prohibition laws. The building was then used as a U.S. Coast Guard reception center, and for Coast Guard storage after that. The building was transferred to the State of Louisiana in 1966. Today, following repairs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Mint houses the Louisiana State Museum and Historical Center, along with a world famous jazz exhibit and numismatic displays.

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Last Updated: 11/12/2013

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1909 O 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 139
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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1/8/2003 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2003, Orlando, FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #308, 308/Lot# 7268 $2,530.00
1/7/2004 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 Orlando, FL (FUN) Signature Sale #336, 336/Lot# 6706 $1,667.50
2/23/2005 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 7163 $3,335.00
1/6/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5035 $2,242.50
5/6/2012 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3271, 3271/Lot# 1628 $300.00
3/9/2014 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 172934 $50.00
8/31/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216855 $500.00


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