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: $5.31 (7/31/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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: 7/29/2014

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1857 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF5053555861626364656667686970
Base $ 38.00 55.00 65.00 115 260 325 375 600 925 1650 2350 4350 6750 17000 - - - - -
$ 290 355 425 675 1025 1800 2575 4750 9400 19000 - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 76
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65


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8/18/2004 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2004 August Pittsburgh, PA Signature Sale #352, 352/Lot# 6228 $5,462.50
11/16/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Teletrade Auction 3174, 3174/Lot# 1339 $50.00
1/24/2012 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 5470 $431.25
5/30/2012 NGC MS 63   Stack's Bowers The June 2012 Baltimore Auction, 137/Lot# 2700 $3,818.75
5/27/2012 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg May 27-31, 2012 The May Pre-Long Beach Auction, 69/Lot# 609 $609.50
9/6/2012 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1174/Lot# 8473 $411.25
6/16/2013 PCGS VF 30   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/16/2013, 79/Lot# 121679 $93.50
3/21/2014 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2014 March 21 & 23 US Coins Signature Auction - San Francisco Session(3), 1198/Lot# 11343 $499.38
11/2/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10346 $240.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1857 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115522025540974580286594912711634192822332671358343616400574712252194103102637058
5217723230652176482389310561392173220302379297538425041640079151463823282330370
0000008238931056139217322030237929753842504164007915146382328200
00000084492111641513183021312525327941025720640010084170242715400
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Grade: AU 58
Points: 1634
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 1271
Owner: greysoldier
 
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