Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,268,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.29 (7/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
Link to this coin

1843 O 50C MS obverse 1843 O 50C MS reverse
Expand All    Collapse All

Description & Analysis

The mintage of half dollars at the New Orleans Mint in 1843 was quite large, and circulated examples are plentiful. Mint State coins are not rare, but they are seen less often than their Philadelphia Mint cousins. Most survivors are well struck and attractive overall.

The Bugert Registry for New Orleans half dollars catalogs 18 die marriages for 1843-O. Mint records show that 10 obverse dies were shipped south for this year's coinage, and all 10 have been identified. Of the 15 reverses shipped, just eight have been observed of 1843-O halves, but this is not an unusual situation. Reverse dies could be carried over from previous years for as long as they remained serviceable. Undoubtedly, some shipped for previous years were used in 1843, while some of the 15 shipped for this date would have been carried over into 1844 and even later. Multiple collars were used, with reed counts of 146, 147, 148 and 149 being observed for 1843-O half dollars.

The most desirable variety for this issue is FS-301 (WB-103), on which the entire date was repunched clockwise to the first impression. This is most noticeable on numerals 18. Also sought by specialists is WB-102, on which the mintmark is doubled.

GRADE SUMMARY

Loading... Working...

Use the scroll bar at the bottom of this box to view a summary of the NGC Price Guide, NGC Census, Auction Prices Realized and NGC Registry Scores for each grade.

There was no data found for this Coin.

Select Designation

 
NGC PRICE GUIDE
NGC CENSUS
AUCTION PRICES REALIZED
NGC REGISTRY
SCORE
FIND IT ON EBAY

Select Grade

Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

Click on a price to see historical prices, comparison charts and trends.

1843 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 35.00 65.00 85.00 120 250 390 425 585 825 1050 1250 1830 3500 6250 17800 25500 - - - -
$ - - 425 600 850 - - - 4250 - - - - -
1843 O 50C MS Prooflike
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ - - - - - - - - - - 2150 - - - - - - - - -

NGC Price and Value Guides Disclaimer

Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 128
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 66

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, 62 series, 63 series, 64 series, 65 series, 66 series.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1843 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-1331591386189-71218221----127
-----------------------
--------------1-------1
-----------------------
Total-1331591386189-71219221----128
 -1 %2 %2 %12 %7 %10 %6 %5 %14 %7 %-5 %9 %15 %2 %2 %1 %---- 
1843 O 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base------------1---------1
-----------------------
-----------------------
-----------------------
Total------------1---------1
 ------------100 %--------- 

Auction Prices Realized

A random selection of coins is shown below.

Images
Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
7/26/2000 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions Exclusively Internet Auction #20075, 20075/Lot# 5244 $390.00
1/25/2004 NGC MS 61   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 2347 $748.00
1/14/2013 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 3413, 3413/Lot# 2097 $120.00
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122026 $124.30
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4120 $2,820.00
2/27/2014 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2014 February 27 - 28 & March 2 Mid-Winter ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Atlanta Session(5), 1203/Lot# 7679 $646.25
11/23/2014 NGC VF 20   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 831, 840/Lot# 117 $110.00
4/3/2018 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131815/Lot# 23570 $660.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1843 50C MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base113520125533667471587495811031303153118432179305741416951606711883192523139637480
4615721928244968876890210061170137916351955247234185078695180061433923300334240
0000007689021006117013791635195524723418507869518006143392330000
0000008219301055123614551739206727643780601469519944167962734800
Registry Image Gallery
Grade: XF 45
Points: 3639
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 674
Owner: 123cents
 
View the Registry Image Gallery

Related Articles

There are no related articles for this coin.

NGC Auction Central Disclaimer