Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 203,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.70 (10/16/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1842 O SMALL DATE 50C MS obverse 1842 O SMALL DATE 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Though not as rare as its Philadelphia counterpart, the 1842-O Small Date, Small Letters half dollar is a very elusive issue in anything but heavily worn condition. The mintage typically cited comprises the total pieces coined in January-February, yet the figure seems a bit high in relation to the coins' survival rate. An unknown quantity of those 203,000 coins were likely dated 1841-O.

Just a single obverse die has been found, and this was paired with two reverses. Given the overall rarity of 1842-O SD/SL halves, there is little collector interest in obtaining both die marriages.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/14/2019

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1842 O SMALL DATE 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 1020 1380 1810 3075 4850 7250 8125 10750 13500 15700 22000 46000 52500 - - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 37
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 61

The chart showing G series, VG series, F series, VF series, 40 series, 45 series, 50 series, 53 series, 55 series, 58 series, 60 series, 61 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1842 O SMALL DATE 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-242965-125-1---------37
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Total-242965-125-1---------37
 -5 %11 %5 %24 %16 %14 %-3 %5 %14 %-3 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
11/7/2003 PCGS VF 25   Heritage Auctions 2003 November Signature Sale #334, 334/Lot# 6646 $2,300.00
9/19/2005 PCGS VF 20   Goldberg September 19-21, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 32/Lot# 1718 $2,300.00
4/2/2007 NGC XF 40   David Lawrence Rare Coins Spring Collectors Choice Sale', 137/Lot# 320 $3,967.50
4/1/2013 NGC F 12   Teletrade Auction 3424, 3424/Lot# 2009 $1,233.75
2/27/2014 PCGS Genuine VF   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(1), 1203/Lot# 3496 $1,116.25
10/10/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 15189 $423.00
11/6/2014 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions 2014 November 6 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Beverly Hills Session(3), 1211/Lot# 4281 $763.75
10/28/2015 PCGS AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 October 28 Gardner Collection IV US Coins Signature Auction - New York Session(1), 1229/Lot# 98648 $10,575.00
3/3/2016 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2016 March 3 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas Session(3), 1233/Lot# 4900 $11,750.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1842 O 50C MS SMALL DATE
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base62015311865216126433730388545654817526457475783608992341013510226105151905026692380515514664294
9241642196423223005378241124649496654255759588571379534101651032213360215973047843749581950
0000004112464949665425575958857137953410165103221336021597304784374900
0000004338473351155586577159878186983510196104191620524145342654944800
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Grade: VG Details
Points: 933
Owner: Heymikep
 
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