Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Dollars (1840-1873)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 40,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 26.7300g
ASW: 0.7734oz
Melt Value: $13.58 (10/17/2019)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1850 O $1 MS obverse 1850 O $1 MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Just four different dates of Seated Liberty Dollars were coined in New Orleans, and these were produced in 1846, 1850, 1859, and 1860. Of this brief series, the 1850-O issue had the lowest mintage with just 40,000 coins struck. Total production for all four issues was 974,000 coins. It is only thanks to a hoard of 1859 and 1860 dollars that type collectors can easily obtain a Mint State example for their New Orleans type sets. Advanced Liberty Seated specialists have a much more difficult road to travel, even if just collecting the New Orleans issues. The 1846-O Seated Dollar is quite elusive in Mint State grades, and this 1850-O issue is clearly the rarest of all. In his Silver Dollar Encyclopedia, Dave Bowers summed it up nicely: 'If you want a Mint State 1850-O dollar for your collection, I suggest that you compromise and acquire an EF or AU instead, at least as an interim strategy, for it may be years, if ever, until you can buy a nice Mint State coin. Examples are few and far between.'

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/6/2019

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1850 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 380 525 775 1100 1750 3500 4250 4750 8925 11500 12000 15000 34000 42500 150000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 157
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1850 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1671023161810141819-64-5------157
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Total1671023161810141819-64-5------157
 1 %4 %4 %6 %15 %10 %11 %6 %9 %11 %12 %-4 %3 %-3 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
4/6/2005 PCGS AU 55   Teletrade Auction 2023, 2023/Lot# 1569 $3,960.00
1/30/2011 NGC MS 61   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1526 $8,338.00
10/12/2014 PCGS AU 53   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 215279 $600.00
3/10/2015 NGC   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Portland ANA, 6103/Lot# 1276 $675.63
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32298 $646.25
8/10/2016 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2016 August 10 - 14 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Anaheim Session(2), 1238/Lot# 4190 $12,337.50
7/16/2017 PCGS Genuine VG   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131730/Lot# 27164 $312.55


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 $1 MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base83786599011521658218722683345348639194361561058796685791011643145521521315895165991777121806
84690710441321183422142627339236304066477757006148709391541261314772154401613016990191160
000000262733923630406647775700614870939154126131477215440161301699000
0000002986343937754214519457896416750210399135821499315668163641738000
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 11643
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 62
Points: 6685
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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