Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 401,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.36g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $7.47 (9/30/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1841 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 60.00 85.00 160 325 490 585 710 1150 1350 1625 2250 4250 6900 24000 42500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - 4750 18000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 115
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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9/5/2001 PCGS MS 64   Teletrade Auction 1479, 1479/Lot# 1379 $2,889.00
8/24/2009 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Monday - Internet Auction # 404, 410/Lot# 525 $517.50
2/3/2013 PCGS AU 58   Goldberg February 3-6, 2013 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 72/Lot# 1329 $1,437.50
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4114 $5,287.50
2/16/2014 NGC VG 8   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 02/16/2014, 174/Lot# 171982 $55.00
6/1/2014 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131423/Lot# 24775 $317.25
6/15/2014 PCGS VF 35   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131425/Lot# 28561 $270.25
4/27/2016 PCGS Genuine UNC   Heritage Auctions 2016 April 27 - May 1 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(6), 1234/Lot# 7901 $705.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1841 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1471632202884778479081066113812711634188620092807352543197704975610885172062744532965
1521822433516008679611090118213921718192722753046379054478388101321299220619292850
000000961109011821392171819272275304637905447838810132129922061900
0000001013111412271513180219682541328640546576907210509150992403200
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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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