Coin Specifications

Category: Early Halves (1794-1839)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 20
Catalog: KM-65
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.63 (10/23/2014)
Diameter: 30mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1838 O 50C PF obverse 1838 O 50C PF reverse


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Description & Analysis

Jeff Garrett: This issue is another great US classic and is highly desirable. The reported mintage figure for the issue is 20 examples, but none were struck for general circulation. Interestingly several examples are known that have been circulated to various degrees. Choice examples have sold for over $500,000 in recent years.


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Last Updated: 12/4/2013

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1838 O 50C PF
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - 345000 345000 375000 - - - 430000 475000 565000 725000 925000 - - - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 3
Low Grade: 63
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 64


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6/2/2005 PCGS Proof 64   Heritage Auctions 2005 June Long Beach Signature Auction #376, 376/Lot# 6244 $632,500.00
2/14/2008 PCGS Proof 63   Heritage Auctions 2008 February Long Beach, CA Signature Coin Auction #460, 460/Lot# 600 $632,500.00
4/16/2008 PCGS Proof XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2008 April Rosemont, IL (CSNS) Signature Coin Auction #1104, 1104/Lot# 2310 $276,000.00
1/9/2013 PCGS Proof 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1181/Lot# 5644 $734,375.00
1/8/2014 NGC Proof 64   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1201/Lot# 5249 $763,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1838 O 50C PF
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base111118849958810226104011051510681107881104711529121781311215006162471816220565236111
111129509095980010284104391057010716108741120711745124891374315419168851896321580236110
00000098001028410439105701071610874112071174512489137431541916885189632158000
000000100131034210477106251075210960113681196112800143741583317523197642259500
1838 O 50C PF Cameo
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base292330357429595820908101311171278170820682124243530604141806088389750196453166451491
304339381484670849943104711701421182820862227264334205447831991421304823651382730
00000094310471170142118282086222726433420544783199142130482365100
00000097810821224156419482105233128513780675385789446163462765700
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