Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 401,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.98 (2/20/2017)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1841 O 50C MS obverse 1841 O 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

Production of half dollars was healthy at New Orleans in 1841, with just over 400,000 pieces struck. This number is higher than Philadelphia's output in the same year, an indication of the thriving demand for coinage in the bustling Southern port city. The same high demand that led to the creation of so many halves, however, also caused the vast majority of them to disappear into circulation channels, and most of the survivors known today exhibit substantial wear. Only a handful of high-end Mint State pieces are available to 21st century collectors.

Like Charlotte and Dahlonega, the New Orleans Mint also experienced production difficulties early in its existence. Dies were used until they cracked dramatically, and various striking issues abound. Wiley and Bugert cite examples with iron fragments struck into their surfaces.

Description and Analysis courtesy of Heritage Auctions and may not be republished without written permission.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1841 O 50C MS
Base $ 40.00 60.00 85.00 160 325 490 585 710 1150 1350 1625 2250 4250 6900 24000 42500 - - - -
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Total Graded: 116
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1329 $1,437.50
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1841 O 50C MS
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 7704
Owner: Stiel Coin Collection
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1634
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
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