Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 401,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.13 (12/18/2014)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1841 O 50C MS obverse 1841 O 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

Production of half dollars was healthy at New Orleans in 1841, with just over 400,000 pieces struck. This number is higher than Philadelphia's output in the same year, an indication of the thriving demand for coinage in the bustling Southern port city. The same high demand that led to the creation of so many halves, however, also caused the vast majority of them to disappear into circulation channels, and most of the survivors known today exhibit substantial wear. Only a handful of high-end Mint State pieces are available to 21st century collectors.

Like Charlotte and Dahlonega, the New Orleans Mint also experienced production difficulties early in its existence. Dies were used until they cracked dramatically, and various striking issues abound. Wiley and Bugert cite examples with iron fragments struck into their surfaces.

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


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Last Updated: 11/21/2014

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1841 O 50C MS
  GVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 55.00 75.00 140 315 315 450 500 600 925 1200 1350 2600 4200 6600 27500 52500 - - - -
$ 350 500 550 650 1025 1350 1500 2875 4750 14100 30000 57500 - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 105
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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3/4/1995 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 1995 Atlanta Signature Sale #133, 133/Lot# 5385 $522.50
7/1/1998 NGC MS 61   Teletrade Auction 1063, 1063/Lot# 1473 $681.25
8/24/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 404, 410/Lot# 525 $517.50
4/27/2011 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2011 April Rosemont CSNS Signature & Platinum Night US Coin Auction Session(6), 1154/Lot# 10619 $150.65
2/28/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The March 2012 Baltimore Auction, 135/Lot# 3294 $546.25
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1329 $1,437.50
7/6/2014 NGC Details VF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 202457 $70.00
8/31/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 202457 $70.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1841 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base16389155237320437539725833978106612061505188628074141616110885172062744544138
2171111182264359471601761881100711121305163221933251481477351299220619330090
00000047160176188110071112130516322193325148147735129922061900
00000050566379792910361159140517592500369654879310150992403200
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 978
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
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