Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 144,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 13.3600g
ASW: 0.3866oz
Melt Value: $6.78 (10/17/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1852 O 50C MS obverse 1852 O 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The New Orleans Mint struck nearly twice as many half dollars in 1852 as its cousin in Philadelphia, but this is still a rare issue across all grades. Mint State pieces are extremely rare, with gems seemingly unknown.

The projected demand for half dollars was greatly overestimated, with 12 obverse dies being sent to New Orleans. Only two of these have been identified, and the others likely were destroyed unused. Just two reverse dies were employed for a total of two die marriages for 1852-O. No reverse dies were sent to New Orleans that year, enough being on hand already from previous years. All examples were coined with a collar having 143 reeds, and no varieties are known.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1852 O 50C MS
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Base $ 115 200 675 910 1620 1900 2125 2500 3750 4050 5250 7650 11200 18200 36500 - - - - -
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Census

 
NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 47
Low Grade: G
Average Grade: 50
High Grade: 64

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1852 O 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base-2215544587--111------46
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Total-2215544587--121------47
 -4 %4 %2 %11 %11 %9 %9 %11 %17 %15 %--2 %4 %2 %------ 
1852 O 50C MS Prooflike
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Base---------------1------1
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Total---------------1------1
 ---------------100 %------ 

Auction Prices Realized

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Service
Grade
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Sale / Lot
Price
9/13/2007 NGC AU 53   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 177, 183/Lot# 6064 $1,610.00
11/3/2010 NGC MS 64   Stack's Bowers The November 2010 Baltimore Auction, 44/Lot# 2013 $12,650.00
1/30/2011 PCGS VF 35   Goldberg January 30 - February 3, 2011 The Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 62/Lot# 1452 $603.75
4/29/2013 PCGS AG 3   Teletrade Auction 3428, 3428/Lot# 1687 $246.75
1/8/2014 NGC Details XF Details  Heritage Auctions 2014 January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando Session(7), 1201/Lot# 9020 $705.00
6/4/2015 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions 2015 June 4 - 7 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(2), 1221/Lot# 3971 $3,760.00
1/6/2016 PCGS VF 20   Heritage Auctions 2016 January 6 - 11 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Tampa Session(7), 1231/Lot# 8146 $822.50
6/8/2017 PCGS Genuine AU   Heritage Auctions 2017 June 8 - 11 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(5), 1256/Lot# 7494 $998.75
10/1/2017 PCGS F 12   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(2), 131741/Lot# 23584 $504.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1852 50C MS O
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base128850290013631707192822502417267129103365381745655367678781531155117452267104137148798
9735963510541478178120352306250227513062351640664832584072429286135182053831597438470
0000002035230625022751306235164066483258407242928613518205383159700
00000021432361258628303213366643165100631476981041815485236243648400
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Grade: MS 64
Points: 6787
Owner: Malibu Collector
 
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