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: $12.97 (5/29/2015)
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
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
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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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 140
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64


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8/21/2000 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 1349, 1349/Lot# 1553 $463.25
10/22/2009 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2009 October Signature US Coin Auction #1130, 1130/Lot# 845 $3,220.00
1/30/2011 NGC MS 61   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1526 $8,338.00
1/24/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 10044 $3,737.50
11/29/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2012 November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston Session(1), 1177/Lot# 3835 $1,527.50
2/27/2014 NGC VF 35   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3621 $763.75
3/23/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 144563 $1,320.00
6/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4126 $270.25


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O S$1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base83786599011521658218722683345348639194361561058796685791011643145521521315895165991777121806
84690710441321183422142627339236304066477757006148709391541261314772154401613016990191160
000000262733923630406647775700614870939154126131477215440161301699000
0000002986343937754214519457896416750210399135821499315668163641738000
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 11643
Owner: Lafitte Coin Company
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 6685
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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