Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,834,000
Catalog: KM-A68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $5.27 (9/2/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1859 O 50C MS obverse 1859 O 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Among New Orleans Mint Half Dollar issues and other higher production issues of the No Motto design type, the 1859-O is looked upon as being comparatively obtainable in Uncirculated grades within the context of the series.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 10/29/2013

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1859 O 50C MS
Base $ 33.00 50.00 58.00 85.00 150 260 330 375 475 650 1050 2050 2750 7500 24000 45000 - - -
$ 165 285 360 410 525 725 1250 2250 3000 8500 26500 50000 -

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Total Graded: 224
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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Auction Prices Realized

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Auction House
Sale / Lot
3/4/1994 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 1994 New Orleans Bullet Sale #116, 116/Lot# 368 $715.00
10/20/1997 NGC MS 65   Teletrade Auction 0990, 990/Lot# 1576 $2,996.00
7/26/2003 PCGS MS 67   Heritage Auctions 2003 July Baltimore, MD. Signature Sale #328, 328/Lot# 7591 $32,200.00
11/21/2012 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 3386, 3386/Lot# 1382 $322.00
4/6/2014 NGC Details Details  David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 798, 807/Lot# 816 $525.00
6/8/2014 PCGS   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/08/2014, 202/Lot# 199220 $103.40
3/31/2015 PCGS XF 40   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33146 $135.13

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1859 O 50C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5482
Owner: Malibu Collector
Grade: MS 63
Points: 2495
Owner: ddr70
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