Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,005,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.28 (7/19/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1844 O 50C MS obverse 1844 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1844-O half dollar is common in circulated grades through Very Fine and only slightly scarce in grades XF and AU. Mint State survivors are somewhat elusive but not truly rare. Though well struck overall, they are often seen from severely overpolished dies on which the shallower features of the design have been partly or fully obliterated. The element most often lost is the drapery beneath Liberty's elbow, but her her left foot is also a frequent casualty of aggressive die polishing.

Some 10 obverse and 14 reverse dies are known, these used in various combinations to produce 22 observed die marriages. With so many dies used, it's not surprising that several varieties stand out for 1844-O. The most desirable of these is FS-301 (WB-103), which has a duplicate date placed way too high, actually penetrating Liberty's gown. The many repunched dates and mintmarks known for this year and the next several have been attributed to James B. Longacre, who became the U. S. Mint's new chief engraver upon the death of Christian Gobrecht this same year. A highly accomplished plate engraver, his skills at die sinking had to be learned on the job, and there were many errors committed during his tenure, which lasted until his death on New Year's Day, 1869.

Four collars are known for 1844-O, these having reed counts from 146 through 149 reeds.

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1844 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 48.00 70.00 95.00 120 295 400 470 725 925 1130 1400 1850 4100 5750 13300 - - - - -
$ - - 475 735 950 - - - - 7000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 148
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 65

The chart showing PrAg series, 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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 7/16/2019 1844 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base11138228199313161215753-----146
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Total11138228199313161215753-----146
 1 %1 %9 %5 %15 %5 %13 %6 %2 %9 %11 %1 %1 %10 %5 %3 %2 %----- 
1844 O 50C MS Prooflike
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-------------2--------2
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Total-------------2--------2
 -------------100 %-------- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
5/31/2000 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 1315, 1315/Lot# 1357 $272.50
2/6/2011 NGC VG 10   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 211023/Lot# 24239 $64.00
9/4/2011 NGC AU 55   Goldberg September 4-6, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Auction, 65/Lot# 1247 $437.00
3/28/2014 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 5373 $1,175.00
8/8/2014 NGC VF 30   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3494, 6045/Lot# 21302 $111.63
10/12/2014 NGC   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 10/12/2014, 190/Lot# 214173 $500.00
11/2/2014 PCGS AU 50   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10315 $550.00
1/7/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(3), 1216/Lot# 4909 $5,170.00
7/30/2017 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131732/Lot# 23755 $399.50


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1844 50C MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base113520125536669574582092512061450165818652319293640644694863113847223853643643211
46157219292476712770855101912871519172720162525331242746006103701669327069386940
00000077085510191287151917272016252533124274600610370166932706900
00000079589011121369158917962168273036884484731912108195393175200
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2319
Owner: Texas Coin Hunter
 
Grade: XF 40
Points: 695
Owner: 123cents
 
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