Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 754,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $9.55 (10/24/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 O MED DATE 50C MS obverse 1842 O MED DATE 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The vast majority of 1842-O half dollars were coined with the Large Letters reverse type adopted that year. These comprise 11 of the 13 known die marriages for the year, and four collars were employed having reed counts of 143, 144, 145 or 146. All reverse dies feature a Large O mintmark.

Mint State examples of this issue are quite rare, though they are often overshadowed by the even more rare Small Date, Small Letters edition. Circulated examples are moderately scarce in the higher grades.

The one desirable variety is VP-001 (WB-103), which has a misplaced numeral 4 visible within Liberty's gown.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1842 O MED DATE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 52.00 70.00 90.00 135 265 415 625 680 875 1240 1800 2400 5900 9650 26000 43000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 76
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 66

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, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/20/2020 1842 O MED DATE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1242571154912-6313-1----76
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Total1242571154912-6313-1----76
 1%3%5%3%7%9%14%7%5%12%16%-8%4%1%4%-1%---- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 O MED DATE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14716322030439567477494910661315153117992087267136394981743163248929180682852234197
15218224833448870783298811491387162018952282299440865798743171921197521553304140
0000008329881149138716201895228229944086579874317192119752155300
00000089110271232145917101991247633164534661474318061150222503700
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Grade: XF Details
Points: 337
Owner: 123cents
 
Grade: VG 10
Points: 220
Owner: pjnuge
 
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