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: $9.20 (10/1/2020)
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
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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: 9/29/2020 1842 O SMALL DATE 50C MS
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Base-252965-124-1---------37
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Total-252965-124-1---------37
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NGC Registry

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