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: $6.30 (4/19/2015)
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: 7/28/2014

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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 - - -
$ 275 425 500 700 900 1600 2950 5000 17600 28000 - - -

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Total Graded: 64
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 67

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4/26/2015 AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7831

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8/22/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #50, 55/Lot# 455 $1,725.00
9/4/2011 NGC XF 40   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1246 $173.00
6/10/2012 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3291, 3291/Lot# 1734 $172.50
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2177 $2,937.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4118 $22,325.00
7/28/2013 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131332/Lot# 26690 $88.00
11/15/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 November 15 - 16 Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part II Signature Auction - New York Session(4), 1190/Lot# 34504 $470.00
2/27/2014 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7677 $258.50

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