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: $5.26 (9/4/2015)
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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7/11/2004 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 1907, 1907/Lot# 1194 $143.00
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 3340 $1,725.00
6/23/2008 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 259, 265/Lot# 696 $345.00
6/1/2011 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2011 June Long Beach Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1156/Lot# 8239 $161.00
5/30/2012 PCGS XF 45   Heritage Auctions 2012 May 30- June 3 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach Session(4), 1171/Lot# 8899 $195.50
7/27/2014 PCGS AU 50   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/27/2014, 201/Lot# 207287 $242.00
11/6/2014 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(5), 1211/Lot# 7852 $646.25

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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