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: $13.93 (2/21/2017)
Diameter: 38.1mm
Edge: Reeded
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1850 O S$1 MS obverse 1850 O S$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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Last Updated: 10/20/2016

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1850 O S$1 MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 145
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 64


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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
2/13/2012 NGC XF 40   Teletrade Auction 3224, 3224/Lot# 1543 $1,350.00
8/8/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(2), 1188/Lot# 4214 $3,055.00
4/20/2014 PCGS MS 61   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 04/20/2014, 186/Lot# 188251 $11,393.80
6/4/2014 NGC G 6   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1206/Lot# 8626 $470.00
3/31/2015 PCGS VG 10   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33249 $434.75
7/21/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers July 2015 Baltimore Auction, 6105/Lot# 32298 $646.25
1/4/2017 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2017 January 4 - 9 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Session(2), 1251/Lot# 4611 $2,585.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O S$1 MS
 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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