Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,658,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.26 (9/5/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1856 O 50C MS obverse 1856 O 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

While its quarter counterpart has earned the respect of advanced collectors, the 1856-O Liberty Seated half dollar is often referred to as one of the more common silver issues of the late 1850s. With a sizeable mintage of 2,658,000 pieces, this conclusion certainly holds true through the lower Mint State grade levels.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1856 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 33.00 50.00 65.00 85.00 175 280 320 435 510 685 925 1350 2600 7750 14500 - - - -
$ 190 310 350 475 560 750 1000 1450 4400 8600 16000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 278
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66


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9/20/2015 MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1224/Lot# 7444


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5/30/2005 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 30 - June 16, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 31/Lot# 236 $2,645.00
10/9/2006 PCGS VF 30   Teletrade Auction 2271, 2271/Lot# 1406 $123.20
1/9/2013 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2013 January 9-13 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1181/Lot# 4320 $2,350.00
8/25/2013 PCGS VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 766, 775/Lot# 5099 $110.00
4/20/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 172936 $209.00
6/9/2014 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3485, 6034/Lot# 20373 $2,585.00
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10352 $705.00
4/22/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7854 $282.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1856 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11352012553205635977838561044115212521375163420092807463060079178145212318228068
461572192774015746598079191080118512931461175922753415508970641095917408248110
000000659807919108011851293146117592275341550897064109591740800
000000721832981111612191334154818842541402255488121127402029500
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 6007
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1152
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
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