Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,310,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.46 (12/7/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1849 O 50C MS obverse 1849 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

This is yet another high-mintage issue in the Seated Liberty Half Dollar series that is abundant in worn condition but rare in Mint State. Half dollars circulated far and wide during the 19th Century, and the 1849-O half dollar is all but unknown at the gem level. Most survivors are well struck, but they suffer from evidence of rusted or spalled dies. To address these flaws the mint frequently repolished the dies, losing some shallow details in the process.

Numismatists have identified 16 die marriages resulting from assorted combinations of 11 obverse dies and 12 reverses. There are no notable varieties for this issue, but a wide range of die rotations have been observed.

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1849 O 50C MS
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Base $ 60.00 70.00 95.00 110 250 655 780 845 975 1250 1500 2125 2750 5600 23000 - - - - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 97
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 53
High Grade: 65

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 12/3/2019 1849 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-443113659919144671-----96
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Total-443113659919144671-----96
 -4 %4 %3 %11 %3 %6 %5 %9 %9 %20 %1 %4 %4 %6 %7 %1 %----- 
1849 O 50C MS PL
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Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
8/28/2005 NGC AU 58   Teletrade Auction 2084, 2084/Lot# 1396 $616.00
4/10/2006 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA Online Session #403, 403/Lot# 7759 $488.75
7/14/2013 PCGS Genuine VF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/14/2013, 83/Lot# 121568 $99.00
7/27/2013 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers The August 2013 Chicago ANA World's Fair of Money , 192/Lot# 4138 $28,200.00
8/5/2013 NGC VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3442, 3442/Lot# 1402 $105.75
6/3/2014 PCGS   Stack's Bowers June 2014 Baltimore, 6021/Lot# 4038 $176.25
12/7/2014 NGC VG 10   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 833, 842/Lot# 216 $75.00
4/22/2015 NGC AU 58   Heritage Auctions 2015 April 22 - 26 CSNS US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(7), 1219/Lot# 7839 $763.75
10/4/2015 NGC Details AU Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131541/Lot# 23156 $176.25
8/2/2017 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2017 August 2 - 6 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Denver Session(6), 1258/Lot# 7657 $470.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1849 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11552202553957458201103127114211558173019692179280738177198912714629236273842645467
521772323025127709141159132114671615181020392388314449447841109611762828560407730
000000914115913211467161518102039238831444944784110961176282856000
0000001009121513711512167318892109259834806071848412795206283349300
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Grade: AU 53
Points: 1271
Owner: ddr70
 
Grade: XF Details
Points: 373
Owner: 123cents
 
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