Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,584,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.82 (10/20/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1847 O 50C MS obverse 1847 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is a high-mintage issue that is widely available over a range of grades through Extremely Fine. Higher-grade examples are a bit scarce, yet a fair number of Mint State survivors are known, though precious few reach the gem level (MS-65 and above). Most 1847-O half dollars are well struck, but they often suffer from overly polished dies that diminished the shallower details. Subject to erasure through such die polishing are the drapery at Liberty's elbow and the end of her left foot.

Some 28 die marriages have been identified by researchers Randy Wiley and Bill Bugert, these resulting from the use of eight obverses and 12 reverses. While the Philadelphia Mint shipped 12 obverse dies and 18 reverses to New Orleans for 1847 half dollars, not all of these have been verified. In the case of reverse dies, that mint likely used some holdovers from earlier years, while others were not needed until succeeding years. Three collars have been identified, these having 143 reeds, 145 and 147, respectively.

The 1847-O half dollar is rich in varieties.with several repunched dates known, as well as a very desirable doubled-die obverse (WB-104).

GRADE SUMMARY

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1847 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 50.00 65.00 80.00 105 235 385 435 560 725 1130 1590 1900 3750 8500 20000 40000 - - - -
$ - - 455 585 800 - - - - 9000 - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 103
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: 10/8/2019 1847 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-12414811691013-2115331----103
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Total-12414811691013-2115331----103
 -1 %2 %4 %14 %8 %11 %6 %9 %10 %13 %-2 %11 %5 %3 %3 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
9/2/1996 PCGS XF 40   Teletrade Auction 0872, 872/Lot# 1422 $81.75
8/13/2006 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 August Denver, CO Signature & Platinum Night Auction #414, 414/Lot# 3324 $8,625.00
9/10/2006 PCGS MS 63   Goldberg September 10-13, 2006 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 37/Lot# 2579 $2,357.50
10/23/2008 NGC VF 35   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 294, 300/Lot# 5774 $148.35
8/15/2011 NGC MS 62   Stack's Bowers The August 2011 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money Auction, 115/Lot# 7030 $1,840.00
7/6/2014 PCGS Genuine Genuine   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/06/2014, 188/Lot# 147892 $1,700.00
2/22/2015 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131509/Lot# 21257 $378.35
3/1/2015 PCGS XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131510/Lot# 23117 $235.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1847 50C MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1135201237336735783891100511171363155820292585354551046545583611931190073053236494
4615721327046975181992910421199142817152214290540655584654578681429022849325190
0000008199291042119914281715221429054065558465457868142902284900
0000008559671080128114931872240032254584606565459899166482669000
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Grade: XF 40
Points: 735
Owner: 123cents
 
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