Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 40,000
Catalog: KM-71
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $10.97 (11/25/2015)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1850 O S$1 MS obverse 1850 O S$1 MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Just four different dates of Seated Liberty Dollars were coined in New Orleans, and these were produced in 1846, 1850, 1859, and 1860. Of this brief series, the 1850-O issue had the lowest mintage with just 40,000 coins struck. Total production for all four issues was 974,000 coins. It is only thanks to a hoard of 1859 and 1860 dollars that type collectors can easily obtain a Mint State example for their New Orleans type sets. Advanced Liberty Seated specialists have a much more difficult road to travel, even if just collecting the New Orleans issues. The 1846-O Seated Dollar is quite elusive in Mint State grades, and this 1850-O issue is clearly the rarest of all. In his Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, Dave Bowers summed it up nicely: 'If you want a Mint State 1850-O dollar for your collection, I suggest that you compromise and acquire an EF or AU instead, at least as an interim strategy, for it may be years, if ever, until you can buy a nice Mint State coin. Examples are few and far between.'

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


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 3/16/2015

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1850 O S$1 MS
Base $ 325 400 510 950 1585 3750 4300 5300 6750 15000 19000 29500 87500 172500 - - - - -
$ 1700 - 4750 5800 7750 16500 21000 37500 97500 190000 - - -

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Total Graded: 145
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

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Auction Prices Realized

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9/17/2003 PCGS VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2003 September Long Beach Signature Sale #330, 330/Lot# 7524 $747.50
2/20/2005 PCGS AU 55   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1689 $3,105.00
9/6/2009 PCGS AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2741, 2741/Lot# 2302 $5,405.00
11/1/2013 NGC Details F Details  Heritage Auctions 2013 November 1 - 3 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(5), 1191/Lot# 7985 $336.05
1/8/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4903 $3,671.88
2/27/2014 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7835 $705.00
10/12/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 215279 $600.00
10/24/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Stack's Bowers iAuction 3505, 6059/Lot# 23299 $763.75

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O S$1 MS
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 11643
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
Grade: MS 62
Points: 6685
Owner: Malibu Collector
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