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: $5.32 (9/2/2015)
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.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/30/2015

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1909 O 50C MS
Base $ 22.00 30.00 85.00 190 445 700 750 825 1100 1425 1550 1900 3100 5450 12250 24500 - - -
$ 490 775 825 900 1200 1550 1700 2100 3400 6000 13750 27000 -

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Total Graded: 150
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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1/12/2005 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2005 Ft. Lauderdale FL. (FUN) Signature Sale #360, 360/Lot# 4254 $23,000.00
4/26/2009 PCGS F 12   Teletrade Auction 2684, 2684/Lot# 1936 $53.00
1/6/2011 NGC MS 64   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 547, 554/Lot# 5035 $2,242.50
4/7/2013 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131316/Lot# 24680 $76.00
3/9/2014 PCGS VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/09/2014, 167/Lot# 172934 $50.00
10/8/2014 NGC MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2014 October 8 - 13 PNG New York Invitational US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1210/Lot# 3564 $1,410.00
  PCGS MS 64   Bonhams $3,276.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 O 50C MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3057
Owner: FredFred
Grade: VG 8
Points: 123
Owner: Clay
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