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: $6.73 (5/28/2017)
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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Auction Prices Realized

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10/3/2001 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2001 October Long Beach Signature Sale #271, 271/Lot# 6956 $5,520.00
2/23/2005 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2005 February Long Beach Signature Sale #366, 366/Lot# 7036 $1,495.00
8/22/2005 NGC MS 61   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #50, 55/Lot# 455 $1,725.00
9/5/2010 NGC AU 53   Teletrade Auction 2919, 2919/Lot# 1981 $575.00
7/7/2011 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2011 July Orlando Summer FUN Signature US Coin Auction Session(4), 1157/Lot# 8326 $920.00
9/4/2011 NGC XF 40   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1246 $173.00
1/1/2013 PCGS MS 64   Stack's Bowers The January 2013 Americana Sale, 180/Lot# 13195 $7,343.75
6/4/2015 NGC Details UNC Details  Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7684 $446.50


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