Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 402,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.77 (10/13/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1851 O 50C MS obverse 1851 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The crisis prompted by the falling price of gold after 1849 finally caught up with half dollar production at the New Orleans Mint. This issue is scarce in circulated grades from wear that occurred mostly overseas or in later years when the price of silver declined even further than that of gold. Mint State examples, while rare overall, are found very well made from fresh dies, and a number of choice or gem pieces are known.

An amazing 20 die pairs were shipped from Philadelphia for 1851-O half dollar coinage, a sizable miscalculation of need. Many of the dated ones were indeed never used, though some of the reverses carried over to subsequent production, at least until rays were added during 1853. Even so, five die marriages are known for this issue from four each obverse and reverse dies. There are no varieties observed, and a single collar having 141 reeds is known. This contrasts with the 145 reeds of Philadelphia Mint 1851 half dollars and serves as a good authentication point.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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1851 O 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 95.00 120 175 260 425 510 600 715 1330 1500 1630 2375 3500 4850 15600 35000 - - - -
$ - - - - - - - - - 5450 18500 44000 - -

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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 59
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

The chart showing PrAg series, 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 1851 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base1---765-6461356441----59
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---------------1-1----2
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Total1---765-6461356542----61
 2 %---11 %10 %8 %-10 %7 %10 %2 %5 %8 %10 %8 %7 %3 %---- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Grade
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11/16/2008 PCGS VF 35   Teletrade Auction 2612, 2612/Lot# 1661 $253.00
1/30/2011 NGC AU 55   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1451 $552.00
2/24/2013 NGC XF 45   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet Auction # 740, 749/Lot# 1185 $250.00
7/7/2013 PCGS Genuine XF   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122027 $135.30
7/11/2014 PCGS MS 65   Stack's Bowers iAuction 3490, 6041/Lot# 20293 $14,393.75
6/4/2015 PCGS AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1221/Lot# 7702 $910.63
5/31/2015 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131523/Lot# 23491 $376.00
9/5/2019 NGC MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2019 September 5 - 8 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1299/Lot# 7533 $1,440.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1851 50C MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base1155265463620802865100510811239168318431949230228343730620984289397147272331128217
52192331515681823912103011341387173618782067247931334556694987511117417588249460
00000091210301134138717361878206724793133455669498751111741758800
00000095810561186153517901914218426573431538376889074129502045000
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Grade: MS 66
Points: 8751
Owner: Hugh Stiel Rare Coins
 
Grade: MS 66
Points: 8428
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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