Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 203,000
Catalog: KM-68
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.36g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $7.43 (10/1/2016)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Numismatic specification data provided by Krause Publications NumisMaster.
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1842 O SMALL DATE 50C MS obverse 1842 O SMALL DATE 50C MS reverse


  
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Description & Analysis

The original design for the Seated Liberty Half Dollar featured small digits in the date, a design that was used from 1839 through early 1842, later in 1842, the Medium Date die came into use. The original reverse design also had small letters in the legends on the reverse. This reverse design has been identified on all 1839 Seated Liberty, 1840 (P), 1840-O, 1841, and 1841-O Half Dollars, as well as on some 1842-O examples. The Small Date, Small Letters 1842-O Half is scarce with Wiley-Bugert rating it a high R.4 in all grades.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2016

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1842 O SMALL DATE 50C MS
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 36
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 40
High Grade: 63


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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
7/11/2013 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions 2013 July 11 - 14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(4), 1187/Lot# 4984 $3,818.75
7/27/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4117 $4,700.00
1/8/2014 NGC AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(2), 1201/Lot# 4481 $5,581.25
6/4/2014 PCGS AU 50   Heritage Auctions 2014 June 4 - 8 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1206/Lot# 4528 $5,880.88
1/6/2016 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(2), 1231/Lot# 4033 $7,050.00
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


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