Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 3,180,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $9.55 (10/20/2020)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1848 O 50C MS obverse 1848 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Well worn examples of the 1848 New Orleans Mint half dollar are very common, a consequence of its quite generous production. These coins did indeed circulate extensively, and few unworn pieces have survived. This issue is no more available in Mint State than others of the period having lesser mintages. Unlike most O-Mint halves of the 1840s, the 1848-O typically is well struck from dies having few signs of overpolishing and fewer than the usual number of die cracks.

A total of 26 die marriages have been cataloged, and these represent various pairings of 13 obverses with 15 reverses. Though varieties exist for 1848-O, they are mostly trivial and of interest only to the specialist. All examples of this date appear to have the same reed count---147. This may have been a single collar or multiple ones having the same tooling.

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1848 O 50C MS
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Base $ 55.00 75.00 110 155 340 520 650 845 1150 1500 1700 2075 3050 5500 16500 41500 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - - 19500 - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 124
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/13/2020 1848 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-14222521731815-7595------124
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Total-14222521731815-7595------124
 -1%3%2%18%4%17%6%2%15%12%-6%4%7%4%------ 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1848 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base115122025540980285694999011171531168318862285278138176007828113193211953430640792
5117423230654082088796310321255158217512019245031264547676599181586025565364680
0000008879631032125515821751201924503126454767659918158602556500
00000091897610751393163218182152261634725277752311556185282993600
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Grade: MS 61
Points: 1886
Owner: pulver set
 
Grade: AU 58
Points: 1531
Owner: 123cents
 
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