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: $6.50 (7/14/2020)
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: 4/24/2020

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1853 O ARR & RAYS 50C MS
  GVGFVFXF505355586061626364656667686970
Base $ 85.00 95.00 130 140 560 845 1100 1500 2700 2875 3500 4375 8700 11750 50000 - - - - -
$ - - - - - - - 4850 - - - - - -

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NGC GRADE SUMMARY

Total Graded: 252
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: 7/7/2020 1853 O ARR & RAYS 50C MS
 PrAgGVGFVF4045505355586061626364656667686970Total
Base65139462639101435161411872-----252
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Total65139462639101435161411872-----252
 2%2%5%4%18%10%15%4%6%14%6%0%2%4%3%3%1%----- 

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1853 O ARR & RAYS 50C MS
 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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