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: $11.59 (4/25/2019)
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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1850 O $1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 410 600 765 1380 1940 3900 4350 5350 8350 12750 15250 16500 31500 48500 160000 - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 154
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: 4/23/2019 1850 O $1 MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1671022161810131819-64-4------154
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Total1671022161810131819-64-4------154
 1 %4 %5 %6 %14 %10 %12 %6 %8 %12 %12 %-4 %3 %-3 %------ 

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4/28/2019 AU Details  Heritage Auctions 2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1294/Lot# 7723


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1/9/2006 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 2143, 2143/Lot# 1471 $1,288.00
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
1/24/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The January 2012 Americana Sale, 134/Lot# 10044 $3,737.50
12/5/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Houston Session(4), 1192/Lot# 4814 $1,968.13
3/23/2014 NGC Details XF Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 03/23/2014, 178/Lot# 144563 $1,320.00
7/9/2015 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2015 July 9 - 12 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(2), 1222/Lot# 4101 $3,055.00
7/7/2016 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2016 July 7 - 10 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Summer FUN Session(1), 1237/Lot# 3711 $998.75
8/2/2017 PCGS Genuine XF   Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(6), 1258/Lot# 7758 $822.50


NGC Registry

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