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: $6.65 (5/26/2017)
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

Although the bulk of Half Dollar production at the New Orleans Mint went into the 1842-O Medium Date (as it is identified in the Guide Book), true Mint State survivors of this issue of 754,000 pieces are far more elusive than either the mintage would suggest or that prices guides indicate in MS60. Availability thins out even more drastically once Gem criteria is reached.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1842 O MED DATE 50C MS
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Base $ 40.00 60.00 85.00 135 265 415 625 680 875 1225 1800 2400 5900 9650 26000 43000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 67
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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11/18/2001 PCGS AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1507, 1507/Lot# 1077 $599.50
11/3/2010 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 1996 $3,220.00
8/11/2011 PCGS Genuine Genuine   Heritage Auctions 2011 August Chicago Signature US Coin & Platinum Night Auction Session(6), 1158/Lot# 10250 $213.90
9/4/2011 NGC XF 40   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1246 $173.00
4/23/2014 NGC Details Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 April 23 - 27 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(8), 1204/Lot# 9638 $352.50
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10311 $241.00
1/7/2015 PCGS MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1216/Lot# 4134 $19,975.00
4/22/2015 PCGS MS 63   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(3), 1219/Lot# 4470 $8,225.00


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