Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 2,456,000
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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1850 O 50C MS obverse 1850 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

Unlike its Philadelphia cousin, the 1850 New Orleans Mint half dollar enjoyed a large mintage and is common in circulated grades. Mint State survivors are scarce but not truly rare. Most were well made, and a number of gem pieces have been certified.

Some 16 die pairs were shipped to New Orleans for 1850's half dollar coinage. Numismatists have identified 12 obverses and 11 reverses that were used in various combinations to produce 14 known die marriages. A minor repunched mintmark (WB-102) variety is known, but no others have been observed. Two widely different collars were employed for this issue---141 and 148 reeds, respectively.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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1850 O 50C MS
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Base $ 55.00 75.00 85.00 125 265 390 575 760 785 910 1030 1380 1700 3750 14250 30000 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 95
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
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 1850 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-22-104676109-3691461----95
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Total-22-104676109-3791461----96
 -2 %2 %-10 %4 %6 %7 %6 %10 %9 %-3 %7 %9 %15 %6 %1 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
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Price
2/20/2005 PCGS MS 62   Goldberg February 20-23, 2005 Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction, 28/Lot# 1234 $977.50
4/6/2006 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2006 April Atlanta, GA (ANA) Signature Auction #402, 402/Lot# 694 $4,025.00
8/21/2011 NGC AU 50   Teletrade Auction 3122, 3122/Lot# 1525 $195.50
3/2/2014 NGC XF 40   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131410/Lot# 28403 $152.75
3/2/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131410/Lot# 29319 $72.00
8/31/2014 PCGS XF 45   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/31/2014, 189/Lot# 216674 $170.00
11/2/2014 PCGS XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 828, 837/Lot# 10332 $245.00
3/31/2015 PCGS   Stack's Bowers March 2015 Baltimore, 6065/Lot# 33134 $352.50
12/12/2018 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131851/Lot# 25556 $132.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 50C MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base11352012373816426848389491239133315051609179922333345587972589923157642526130460
4615721328546865673587510461270139015401672194426044190633981461187018930269940
0000007358751046127013901540167219442604419063398146118701893000
0000007879121142130214481574173620882974503467989035138172209500
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Grade: MS 65
Points: 5879
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: AU 53
Points: 949
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
 
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