Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 754,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.36g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $7.22 (8/30/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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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
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 40.00 60.00 85.00 135 265 415 625 680 875 1225 1800 2400 5900 9650 26000 43000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 3250 - 18500 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 65
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66


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Auction Prices Realized

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8/22/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #50, 55/Lot# 455 $1,725.00
9/4/2011 NGC XF 40   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1246 $173.00
3/8/2012 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2012 March 8-9 US Coin Signature Auction - New York Session(3), 1168/Lot# 7831 $431.25
6/10/2012 NGC VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3291, 3291/Lot# 1734 $172.50
7/26/2012 NGC AU 55   Stack's Bowers The August 2012 Philadelphia ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 140/Lot# 9098 $646.25
4/24/2013 PCGS MS 62   Heritage Auctions 2013 April 24 - 28 CSNS US Coin Signature Auction - Chicago Session(2), 1184/Lot# 2177 $2,937.50
6/5/2013 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2013 June 5 - 9 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(6), 1186/Lot# 8196 $558.13
6/4/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7683 $482.93


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 O MED DATE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base14716322030439567477494910661315153117992087267136394981743163248929180682852234197
15218224833448870783298811491387162018952282299440865798743171921197521553304140
0000008329881149138716201895228229944086579874317192119752155300
00000089110271232145917101991247633164534661474318061150222503700
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Grade: VG 8
Points: 220
Owner: jdl13
 
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