Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 754,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.08 (10/8/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 O MED DATE 50C MS obverse 1842 O MED DATE 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Although the bulk of Half Dollar production at the New Orleans Mint went into the 1842-O Medium Date (as it is identified in the Guide Book), true Mint State survivors of this issue of 754,000 pieces are far more elusive than either the mintage would suggest or that prices guides indicate in MS60. Availability thins out even more drastically once Gem criteria is reached.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1842 O MED DATE 50C MS
Base $ 40.00 55.00 80.00 110 225 375 450 635 825 1450 2350 4500 9200 25000 - 41000 - - -
$ 275 - 500 700 900 - 2950 5000 17600 28000 - - -

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Total Graded: 67
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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11/18/2001 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1507, 1507/Lot# 1077 $599.50
8/29/2005 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #51, 56/Lot# 924 $488.75
9/4/2011 NGC XF 40   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1246 $173.00
7/26/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 9098 $646.25
9/25/2013 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2013 September 25 - 29 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(7), 1189/Lot# 8216 $426.53
3/2/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28401 $121.03
1/7/2015 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4905 $2,232.50

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