Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: New Orleans
Mintage: 1,328,000
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.4400g
ASW: 0.3599oz
Melt Value: $6.33 (10/21/2019)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1853 O ARR & RAYS 50C MS obverse 1853 O ARR & RAYS 50C MS reverse
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Description & Analysis

The 1853 New Orleans Mint half dollar with arrows and rays is less often seen than its Philadelphia cousin, but it is not even scarce in grades below Mint State. Gems are extremely rare, but lesser MS coins typically are well struck and may be riddled with die cracks, particularly on the reverse.

Not surprisingly, given its high mintage, some 21 die marriages are known from various pairings of 14 obverses and nine reverses. These figures may be compared to the 17 and 11 dies shipped to New Orleans for that year's coinage of reduced weight halves. It's likely, too, that reverse dies left over from 1852 and 1851 were also employed.

A dated master hub or die was created for the obverse, so there are no variations the position of either the date or arrowheads. In fact, the mintmark was the only hand-punched element of the various working dies. The one variety observed has what appears to be the base of a numeral 1 intruding upon the date, but it's not absolutely certain that this is actually a duplicate numeral and not a random mark.

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Last Updated: 6/21/2019

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1853 O ARR & RAYS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 95.00 125 130 560 845 1100 1500 2700 2875 3500 4375 8700 11750 50000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4850 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 245
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 45
High Grade: 65

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.
NGC CENSUS DETAIL Last Updated: 10/8/2019 1853 O ARR & RAYS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base54119462638101433161411872-----245
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Total54119462638101433161411872-----245
 2 %2 %4 %4 %19 %11 %16 %4 %6 %13 %7 %0 %2 %4 %3 %3 %1 %----- 

Auction Prices Realized

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Date
Service
Grade
Auction House
Sale / Lot
Price
6/5/1999 NGC AU 50   Heritage Auctions 1999 June Long Beach Bullet Sale #202, 202/Lot# 291 $418.00
10/24/2005 NGC AU 55   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #59, 64/Lot# 690 $1,058.00
11/25/2012 PCGS VF 25   Teletrade Auction 3387, 3387/Lot# 2069 $103.50
7/7/2013 PCGS VF 35   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 07/07/2013, 82/Lot# 122008 $198.00
8/8/2013 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2013 August 8 - 10 US Coins Signature Auction - Rosemont Session(6), 1188/Lot# 7864 $1,645.00
8/5/2014 PCGS AU 53   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7747 $2,173.75
10/30/2014 PCGS AU 53   Stack's Bowers November Baltimore 2014, 6039/Lot# 4258 $1,880.00
1/7/2015 NGC AU 55   Heritage Auctions 2015 January 7 - 12 FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando Session(8), 1216/Lot# 10350 $822.50
1/14/2018 NGC VF 30   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131804/Lot# 27420 $114.00


NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 O ARR 50C MS & RAYS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970
Base171194230330563974103615311683200924332960321633864565574795881371421755348155615465422
179206263408700995120115821792215026093045327337794959702710963163942610841928592430
00000012011582179221502609304532733779495970271096316394261084192800
00000013661632190022922784313133294172535383081233919075304624904100
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 3386
Owner: Max Spiegel
 
Grade: AU 55
Points: 2009
Owner: JTO
 
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