Coin Specifications

Category: Barber Half Dollars (1892-1915)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 925,400
Obverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Reverse Designer: Charles E. Barber
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $9.72 (9/19/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1909 O 50C MS obverse 1909 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Coin production at the New Orleans Mint lasted only through March. No additional funding was provided for coining operations there, so the mint assumed the status of simply a federal assay office until being closed in 1929.

The low mintage of this issue has prompted some speculative interest over the years, but it is misleading as to actual rarity. Only at the AU and MS level is the 1909-O half dollar scarce. A fair number of gems have been certified, but some of these may reveal the weakness of strike so often seen on New Orleans Mint coins of the period.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/18/2020

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1909 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 22.00 28.00 135 390 625 715 750 850 1000 1250 1325 1375 1700 3000 5600 9000 41000 - - -
$ - - - - 1050 - - - - 3300 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 198
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 9/15/2020 1909 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base127423219462263-311016186----198
----------------1-----1
---------------1------1
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Total127423219462263-311017196----200
 1%14%21%16%10%2%3%1%1%3%2%-2%1%5%9%10%3%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1909 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base5989123320597105911241393145015311799198920682161240130573902561073747708895311419
6910018941275110811214141214771620186220152099224126203339447161987485812397750
0000001214141214771620186220152099224126203339447161987485812300
0000001303143115041710192620422130232128383620504167867597853800
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 3057
Owner: FredFred
 
Grade: VG 8
Points: 123
Owner: Clay
 
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