Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 818,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.73 (10/9/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1857 O 50C MS obverse 1857 O 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The 1857-O Half Dollar meets all the requirements of a classic condition rarity. Its mintage of 818,000 pieces is a bit lower than some of its New Orleans Mint contemporaries, but hardly small enough to signal anything out of the ordinary, and its relative availability in circulated condition continues through the XF grade level. However, demand for silver coinage must have been very high in the Antebellum South, as precious few examples appear to have survived in AU and Uncirculated grades.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/16/2015

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1857 O 50C MS
Base $ 38.00 55.00 65.00 115 260 325 375 600 925 1650 2350 4350 6750 17000 - - - - -
$ - - 425 675 1025 - 2575 4750 9400 19000 - - -

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Total Graded: 77
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
6/13/2005 NGC AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2052, 2052/Lot# 1364 $467.50
8/15/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7060 $1,782.50
5/27/2012 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 609 $609.50
6/16/2013 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 121679 $93.50
1/19/2014 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131404/Lot# 26158 $141.00
11/2/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10346 $240.00
4/22/2015 NGC   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7856 $329.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 O 50C MS
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1634
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
Grade: AU 53
Points: 949
Owner: ddr70
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