Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 3,688,000
Catalog: KM-82
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.76 (4/21/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1855 O ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1855 O ARROWS 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Second and final year of the arrows at date design motif that signified a weight change in half dollars from 206.25 grains to 192 grains. The 1855-O had a substantial mintage of 3.68 million pieces, and for a New Orleans issue there were a surprising number of Mint State coins that were set aside, with some 200 pieces probably extant today in the various grades of Uncirculated.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1855 O ARROWS 50C MS
Base $ 40.00 52.00 72.00 88.00 180 350 400 450 555 835 1325 1875 3275 8800 23000 52500 - - -
$ 205 380 450 500 605 925 1450 2075 3500 10500 26000 57500 -

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Total Graded: 499
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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6/2/2004 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1891, 1891/Lot# 1234 $143.00
6/27/2005 NGC MS 62   David Lawrence Rare Coins Auction 43: The Cook Family Collection, 47/Lot# 943 $517.50
5/28/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg May 28-31, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 36/Lot# 2924 $1,380.00
2/11/2007 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg February 11-14, 2007 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 39/Lot# 1445 $2,587.50
9/7/2011 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2011 September Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1159/Lot# 7821 $431.25
8/5/2012 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131233/Lot# 22214 $164.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4151 $2,232.50
4/20/2014 NGC AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 145835 $288.20

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1855 O ARROWS 50C MS
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 6665
Owner: Lafitte Coin Company
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1152
Owner: bigpep1
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