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: $9.06 (10/28/2020)
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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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1850 O 50C MS
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Base $ 55.00 75.00 85.00 110 240 360 575 760 785 925 1030 1300 1700 3750 14250 28500 - - - -
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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 99
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/27/2020 1850 O 50C MS
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Base-22-966771110-3691461----99
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Total-22-966771110-3691461----99
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NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1850 O 50C MS
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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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